Watch Obama Light the National Christmas Tree

Real Estate Agent with Frankly Real Estate, Inc

Just before 6:00 pm this evening, President Obama will be flipping the switch which will light up the National Christmas Tree (a 42 ft Colorado Spruce) located on the Ellipse south White House grounds. Watch a live webcast at:

(The actual ceremony began at 5:00 pm)Christmas Tree on the Mall

The Entertainment Line up this evening includes:

Jordin Sparks, Sheryl Crow, Common, Ray LaMontagne, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, and the "Celtic Woman"

This evening's event marks the beginning of the 4 week event sponsored by National Park Service and National Park Foundation.

Other events in the surrounding include:

1. National Christmas Tree Railroad - which runs from 11 AM to 11 PM daily until New Years Day.

2. Santa's Workshop Display

3. Christmas Pathway of Peace - in addition to the National Tree there are another 56 trees, featuring one for each state, District of Columbia and 5 territories. All trees will be lit at dusk.

4. National Christmas Tree Nightly Performances - held nightly on the Ellipse stage from 6-8 pm during the week, and 4-8:30 pm on the weekend.

This years National Christmas tree is the most energy efficient in history, consuming about 6,000 watts compared to last year's 18,000 watts.

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Comments (2)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Cara:  Weren't they going to call the tree a "holiday" tree this year?  I heard it a few days ago and it made me angry.  Is the fact that Christmas is a national holiday and celebrated by a huge majority of our population that offensive?  Sorry....that was my mini remark rant for the day. :)

Dec 03, 2009 09:09 AM
Cara Pearlman
Frankly Real Estate, Inc - Bethesda, MD
Realtor - ABR, SFR

You can rant any day on my posts...just as long as its not directed towards me! It would be silly to rename it the Holiday Tree - because no other religions have a tree involved in their holiday. Were they going to call the Hanukkah Menorah the Holiday Menorah?

Dec 04, 2009 01:06 AM