See a Photo Gallery of the National Christmas Tree
National Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyDate: Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free tickets were distributed through an online lottery. The lottery is now closed. During the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, nationally known entertainers and a military band perform and the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world.
2012 Entertainment Lineup
- Acclaimed actor, Neil Patrick Harris will host the event
- Double-platinum band The Fray
- Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz
- Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer Ledisi
- Grammy-award singer-songwriter James Taylor
- Grammy-award singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
- Grammy-award singer/guitarist Colbie Caillat
- American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips
- Modern Family actor Rico Rodriguez
Visit the National Christmas Tree Throughout the Holiday SeasonThe National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace will be open December 7, 2012 to January 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. Tickets are only required for the lighting ceremony. The nightly concert and performance series will run from December 11-23, 2012. Tuesdays to Fridays, performances will generally start at 5 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, performances run from 1-8:30 p.m. Santa's Workshop will be open from December 8-24, 2012, Monday-Thursday 4-6:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; December 24: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: The Ellipse near The White House
The closest Metro stations to the White House are Federal Triangle, Metro Center and McPherson Square. Parking is very limited in this area, so public transportation is recommended. See a map of the White House and the Ellipse
Parking Near the National Christmas TreeParking is extremely limited near the National Christmas Tree. Limited parking is available along Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets after 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends. The best way to get to the area is by metro. The closest stops are Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and McPherson Square. Read more about parking near the National Mall
See also, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia