National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Ellipse in Presidents Park, Washington DC
The National Christmas Tree is a large evergreen tree located in the northeast quadrant of The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated as a Christmas tree. The grand illumination of the Christmas lights on the tree by the President of the United States early in December is an annual event. Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the tree lighting ceremony. Since 1954, the event has marked the start of month-long festivities known as the Pageant of Peace. Smaller trees representing the U.S. states, District of Columbia, and the inhabited territories around the National Christmas Tree are referred to as the Pathway to Peace.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their family will officially light the National Christmas Tree at 90th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Presidents Park, on Thursday, December 6th.
Online and On-Demand
This year, experience the magic of the National Christmas Tree Lighting any time you want without ever leaving your home. Watch the pre-show and tree lighting ceremony starting at 4:30 pm ET on December 6. And following the live online stream, the show will be available anytime on-demand right here at http://www.thenationaltree.org.
In partnership with WETA, Washington, D.C.’s flagship public broadcasting station, public television stations nationwide will begin airing the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 7 and continue throughout the holiday season. Viewers are invited to check for local airdates or check their local public station schedules for broadcast dates and times.
2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Performers:
* Colbie Caillat
* James Taylor
* Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
* Neil Patrick Harris
* Rico Rodriguez
* Evan Shinners
* The Fray
* Jason Mraz
* Phillip Phillips
* U.S. Navy Band Commodores
* The Midtown Men
Find Your State Ornaments, Volunteers from across the nation have designed and created special ornaments to adorn the 56 small trees along the Christmas Pathway Of Peace: pathway-of-peace