The National Christmas Tree Ceremony Thursday

Photo courtesy of
‘White House Christmas tree’
courtesy of ‘afagen’

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … or at least – it almost is!

The White House Christmas Tree is ready to sparkle in the night sky. The lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday evening, featuring The Obamas and musical guests Sheryl Crow, Common, and Ray LaMontagne. Click here for a complete list of the night’s performers.

This year’s tree will be draped in 750 strings of white LED lights while those 2,800 folks who got seats and the 7,000 dedicated American’s who nabbed “standing room only” tickets huddle together for warmth,  basking in the glow of the illuminated blue spruce.

You can catch entire ceremony from the warmth of your own living room live on WETA – TV or at WETA’s website.

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail:

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6 thoughts on “The National Christmas Tree Ceremony Thursday

  1. The tree in your picture and the one that has a big ole lighting ceremony is always there. In the ground. With roots.

    Not sure what tree “made its way into the district” yesterday, but it wasn’t this one.

  2. If you’re talking about the tree on the Elipse that is being lit on Thursday, then the one in the photo IS this year’s (and EVERY year’s) National Christmas Tree.

    The mistake is that it didn’t arrive in the district yesterday. The one that arrived in the district yesterday is the CAPITOL tree, which apparently is getting lit on the 8th. Two different trees here, at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Ave.