Celebrating its 9oth year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a time-honored holiday tradition which brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. With the White House as the back drop in what becomes the “Christmas Pathway of Peace”, the National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller trees – one for each state, five territories and the District of Columbia – serve as the focal point of the event.
Nationally known entertainers and a United States military band add to the celebratory evening which includes the illumination of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse just south of the White House. The Christmas Pathway of Peace is lit each evening at dusk until 10 p.m. through January 1, 2013. Each tree is decorated with unique ornaments created by an artist and volunteers from that state, territory or D.C. The seasonal displays this year will include a Santa’s Workshop. The Workshop will be open at select times for children to explore and get a free photo with Santa.
And for the 18th consecutive year, the National Christmas Tree Railroad will provide model trains that surround the base of the National Christmas Tree. The trains will run from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily through January 1, 2013. The National Christmas Tree is also the site of nightly performances from regional performers.
While the Ceremony’s program has changed and evolved over the years, the purpose remains the same: our local and national communities coming together to celebrate the season and to share the message of peace.
WHEN: Tree Lighting Ceremony is on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
Christmas Pathway of Peace is lit each evening at dusk until 10 p.m. through January 1, 2013.
Located on the Ellipse, just south of the White House
TICKETS: Free. To attend the Ceremony, apply for the lottery by Monday, October 29, 2012.
For more information on the event and to watch a live webcast of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, visit thenationaltree.org.