Washingtonians, mark your calendars! The 100th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is taking place Wednesday, Nov. 30 the Ellipse in President’s Park.
Just less than a week after Thanksgiving, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will help Washingtonians and visitors alike kick off the holiday season.
The first National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place in 1923 under President Calvin Coolidge. To celebrate its historic 100-year milestone, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation are promising a one-of-a-kind “star-studded” event!
“LL COOL J will host for a second consecutive year, joined on stage by a star-studded lineup of holiday musical performances by Gloria Estefan, Andy Grammer, Joss Stone, Shania Twain, and more,” the National Park Foundation said in a press release. “The event will also feature performances by ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band.”
The National Christmas Tree and 58 smaller trees—representing the U.S. states, territories, and the District—will remain lit every evening, and visitors are welcome to visit the site to take pictures and witness the dazzling trees in person from Dec. 2, 2022, through Jan. 1, 2023.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry! CBS will be broadcasting the ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11.
For more information about the National Christmas Tree, please visit thenationaltree.org.