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GE Holiday Lights Shine Bright

2019 was the 57th year GE Lighting has brilliantly designed and illuminated the National Christmas Tree. 2019’s design featured clusters of silver filigree and white Bethlehem-style stars atop an overlay of twinkling white icicle lights and nets of warm white lights. The decorations were placed ever so delicately on the newly planted 2019 tree as to help protect and preserve it. 

The crowning touch to the holiday masterpiece was a dazzling, six-sided, handcrafted 3D gold star. The magnificent tree topper glowed with commercial Tetra® warm white tape lights along the edges and in­terior diamond cutouts. Lights were immersed between two layers while glorious gold glitter adds brilliance to the tree for viewing both during the day, and at night. The National Christmas Tree is one of the most notable holiday displays in the United States.

2019 was the 11th year that GE LED lights, many of them Energy Star® qualified, have been used exclusively in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The combined wattage of the over 50,000 individual LED lights and approximately 450-star ornaments is around 6,000 watts. Each strand of the GE LED holiday lights uses nearly 80% less energy than traditional holiday lights, while providing the festive lighting.

Nightly Entertainment

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the beginning of two weeks of celebration in holiday music in the nation’s capital. Musical groups from Washington, D.C. and across the country provide holiday entertainment to the countless visitors for a one of a kind holiday experience set against the backdrop of the National Christmas Tree. See 2019 National Christmas Tree Music Program schedule here.


If you have questions about visiting the National Christmas Tree or need help planning your visit, please contact President’s Park at 202-208-1631.

Celebrating 98 Years

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

Timeline and History
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