142. National Tree Lighting Washington DC 2011

Posted at November 17, 2011 by 5 Comments

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UPDATE: Thanks to Brandon from Photo Tourism DC for letting us know that the lighting requires free tickets that are won in a lottery and the lottery is already drawn.  So if you don’t have tickets yet as you’re reading this, you will have to catch it on tv.  For future reference, drawing is in early November.

By Angie Fuentes

It’s that time of year again – a time of festivity, glitter, glamour, and cheer. The countdown to Christmas
has begun.  It seems as if a lot of people are getting ready for Christmas a little earlier this year.

Come December, Washington DC will be starting the month in the holiday spirit at full-speed. On
December 1, 2011 the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held in the President’s Park on the
Ellipse. The event is free to the public and is a great opportunity for local residents, as well as those
across the nation that will be joining via television or online, to share in the joy of Christmas.

Michelle Obama reading to kids at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

The pre-lighting show at the National Tree Lighting is scheduled to commence at 4:30 p.m.

What a great event to take the whole family to.  There will be holiday musical performances that will get
the audience’s holiday rock on.   If going to see in person the National Christmas Tree Lighting this year isn’t
possible, the ceremony will be broadcasted online.

Throughout the season kids can visit Santa in his workshop on the Ellipse too. Hours of operation are still
to be announced and will be posted on the same webpage listed above.

For a list of music guests, broadcasting times and even a brief history of the national tree lighting
tradition, you can visit www.thenationaltree.org.

Have a blast!

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5 Responses to “142. National Tree Lighting Washington DC 2011”

  1. Brandon says:

    I don’t mean to rain on anybody’s parade but the Christmas Tree Lighting requires tickets that you can win through a lottery but that lottery has already taken place. For future reference the lottery takes place in early November and it is free to enter. I would hate for anyone to drive down thinking they were going to get in and then be shut out at the gate.

    • rohan says:

      That’s not parade-raining Brandon, that’s life saving, thanks a lot for this info! I’ll update this now, thank man, you saved the day!

  2. Angie Fuentes says:

    That was my fault, Brandon and Rohan. I should’ve remembered that bit of important information. My apologies for any inconvenience it cause anyone. And thanks for catching my mistake!

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