Lighting Ceremony

A Beloved American Tradition

The 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting took place December 5 on the Ellipse at President’s Park. Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition celebrated its 97th year. Watch the full ceremony here.

The 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Celebrating 98 Years

Learn about the history of this nearly 100 year-old American tradition.

Timeline and History
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