The 94th National Tree Lighting will be held at President’s Park on the White House Lawn in Washington D.C. on Dec. 1, 2016. Hosted by the National Park Service, the festive event will be hosted by actress Eva Longoria and televised on Hallmark Channel on Dec. 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. The event will also be available to view On Demand on the National Park Service website, starting on Dec. 6, 2016.
This will be the last year that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will get to light the Christmas tree. For the final Holiday season of the Obama Administration, the White House presents “The Gift of the Holidays.” The White House website features pictures of the holiday decorations, including the reception for military families.
The entertainment lineup has been expanded to add Grammy winning Latin singer Marc Anthony, vocal group Afro Blue, and the Airmen of Note jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Simone Manuel will make a special appearance. They join the previously announced entertainers, including country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, The Lumineers, country star Kelly Clarkson, singer/songwriter James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, and Grammy winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams. This diverse group of talented musicians will lend their voices to the festive event.
The tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Since then, it has become a beloved tradition, celebrating the holidays and the National Park Service, which has been observing its centennial, or one-hundred-year anniversary, during 2016. The tree lighting will be the final event of the centennial year of the National Park Service.
Visitors to the will can visit President’s Park to see the National Tree and other displays in person. The holiday display will include individual state trees and performances on a community state from Dec. 5-Jan. 1, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and #NCTS2016 on social media for updates.