2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House).
President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923; this year marks the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.
The National Christmas Tree lights turn on at approximately 4:30pm and turn off promptly at 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Nightly music and dance performances take place on the Ellipse stage December 11-15 and December 17-22. These 30 minute performances are open to the public.