Lighting Ceremony

A Beloved American Tradition

The 2020 National Christmas Tree Lighting will be available to watch on-demand starting December 3, 2020 at 5pm ET. Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition celebrates its 98th year. 

The 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony

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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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