2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting aired on Friday, December 6, 2013. Watch the Pre-Show now. Watch the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show on demand below!

Ticket Information

Ticket Terms and Policies: Those who have obtained tickets to the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting are subject to the National Park Service’s Terms of Use and Acquisition printed below. Those obtaining tickets to the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting assume all responsibility for allowing others access to the tickets awarded them and are solely […]

Travel and Lodging

2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting travel and lodging information coming soon! You must have a ticket to attend the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The National Park Service held a public ticket lottery in October, and all tickets have been distributed for this year. The event entrance is at 17th and D Streets, NW. Transportation: […]

Celebrating the Past with Today’s Lighting Technology

GE re-creates elements of traditional past National Christmas Tree designs with modern, high efficiency LED lights This year marks GE’s 50th year providing the design and lights for the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. This year also marks the 90 lighting of the National Tree. With this in mind, the new […]

2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting aired on Friday, December 6, 2013. Watch the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting on demand below!

2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will air on Friday, December 6, 2013 starting at 4:30pm ET. Join us RIGHT HERE to watch the show live online! Performers will be announced soon. Watch the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Show on demand below! Proudly supported by

2014 National Christmas Tree

Thanks to GE Lighting for designing the 2014 National Christmas Tree. Details on the design and decorations will be posted on Friday, December 5.

Nightly Entertainment

The National Park Service presents nightly entertainment at the National Christmas Tree during the month of December. Performances will begin the week of December 8. Performance schedule will be posted soon.

Watch on PBS

The 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting will air on PBS stations during the month of December. CALL LETTERS DMA ST SCHEDULE WABW/WACS Albany, GA GA Tues., 12/17 @ 7PM WMHT Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY Mon., 12/16 @10PM KNME/ New Mexico PBS Albuquerque-Santa Fe NM Fri., 12/20 @ 7PM KLPA Alexandria LA Tues., 12/24 @ 7PM CT KACV […]

Holiday in President’s Park

During your visit to the National Christmas Tree and Santa’s Workshop at President’s Park, be sure to check out additional attractions including nightly musical performances.

Find Your State Ornaments

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Volunteers from across the nation have designed and created special ornaments to adorn the 56 small trees along the Christmas Pathway Of Peace.

GE Lighting

GE Lighting is making the National Christmas Tree greener than it has ever been by developing and employing the latest in energy efficient lighting.

In Appreciation

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, is proud to recognize the many contributions of our partners to the success of the National Christmas Tree Lighting. These organizations have sponsored the event or donated their expertise, products and services to brighten this holiday celebration for the American people.  

The Lighting Ceremony

The first National Christmas Tree was placed on the Ellipse south of the White House in December 1923. The tree was a 48-foot Balsam fir donated by the President of Middlebury College in Vermont. At 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light the tree […]

Event History & Timeline

n 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet

Christmas Pathway Of Peace

Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans to hang on 56 trees – one for every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia – that surround the National Christmas Tree.

Visit Santa’s Workshop

Visit the Ellipse in Washington D.C. this holiday season and you might see Santa and his elves busy making toys in their workshop. Santa and his elves are eager to welcome you!

Find Your State Ornaments

Volunteers from across the nation have designed and created special ornaments to adorn the 56 small trees along the Christmas Pathway Of Peace.

Explore Santa’s Workshop

Old Saint Nick and his elves have brought Santa’s Workshop to the Ellipse and you can visit him this December.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Visit the Ellipse in Washington D.C. this holiday season and you might see Santa and his elves busy making toys in their workshop. Explore Santa’s Workshop Old Saint Nick and his elves have brought Santa’s Workshop to the Ellipse and you can visit him this December. Learn More » Find your state ornaments Volunteers from […]

Explore Santa’s Workshop

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Old Saint Nick and his elves have brought Santa’s Workshop to the Ellipse and you can visit him this December.