The Lottery for the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is now available. The lighting of the tree by the First Family official marks the start of the Holiday season, and is an annual ceremony in its 90th year.
Located on the White House Ellipse, you can expect to see the National Christmas Tree and its 56 cousins: one tree that represents each state, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Like past events, this year has other displays like Santa's Workshop, model trains, and it will be the site of nightly performances from regional performers.
At last year's lighting ceremony, the First Family was joined by many stars: Carson Daly, Kermit the Frog, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, Rodney Atkins, Marsha Ambrosius and the Airmen of Note--the jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting is on December 6, 2012 and tickets can be requested online in a public lottery until 10am on October 29, 2012.
Saturday, May 25
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.