The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Is Taking Place Today!

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But there will be no public allowed, officials say.

Save the date Washingtonians! The 98th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday, December 3. However, it will be taking place without an audience.

Unfortunately for us Washingtonians, the annual lighting ceremony will be foregoing an audience this year due to COVID-19. But at least we’ll be able to watch the whole ceremony online and won’t have to deal with the annual christmas tree lighting traffic jam!

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation announced earlier this week the show would be hosted audience-free but that it will be available to stream on-demand all through the holiday season.

As per usual, the National Christmas Tree will be lit every evening throughout December. Visitors are welcome to  President’s Park to gawk, stare at and take pictures of it and the 56 smaller trees representing every U.S. state, territory and the District, that will be decorated with ornaments designed by students from across the country.


This year’s line up of performers is yet to be defined.

See also: Downtown DC’s Holiday Market Will Reopen At The End Of The Month

[Featured image: National Christmas Tree 2014. Shutterstock]

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