Lighting Ceremony

A Beloved American Tradition

The 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting is taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park. Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.

No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing your photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.

Celebrating 95 Years

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

Timeline and History
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