National Christmas Tree Lighting

On Dec 1, 2011 the 89th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on the Ellipse in Presidents park in Washington DC. Every President since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks about the tree lighting ceremony.

Since 1954 this event has marked a month long event called the Pageant of peace. As of 2010, 56 smaller cut evergreen trees representing the states, District of Columbia, and unincorporated territories of the United States are arranged in a large oval around the National Christmas Tree each December. A sign in front of each tree identifies which geographic area the small tree represents.

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is the beginning of a three week Washington, DC Christmas tradition. The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is illuminated each evening from dusk until 11 p.m. through January 1st. Seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. Musical performances by volunteer choirs and dancers, will be held nightly on the Ellipse stage.

Every year artists perform and this time round the featured artists will be Marsha Ambrosius, Rodney Atkins, Carson Daly, One Republic and Kermit the frog. Unfortunately I didn’t get any tickets. I would like hear from those that got lucky in the lotto.

Click here to see the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting

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