National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

President'S Park (White House)

Event Details

This beloved American tradition, presented by the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF), features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. This year, the ceremony and official lighting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. For more details, please visit https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/mark-your-calendars-99th-national-christmas-tree-lighting-presidents-park

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree. 

Nearly one hundred years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. 

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

Event Details

This beloved American tradition, presented by the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF), features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. This year, the ceremony and official lighting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The CBS broadcast offers a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. For more details, please visit https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/mark-your-calendars-99th-national-christmas-tree-lighting-presidents-park

Event History

This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree. 

Nearly one hundred years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. 

After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.

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