There is something magical about a Christmas tree – hung with ornaments representing love, hope, and family. Create a checklist of the trees you want to see and let the kids decide which is top of their list – it may be the height of the tree, the type of decorations, the lighting, or the activities in the area around the tree that sway them. This list is in no particular order – we don’t want to influence their decisions.
About: What is interesting is that each state sponsors some of the decorations for the tree making it a truly united effort. The entertainers lined for this year’s lighting ceremony include Abby Anderson, Gabby Barrett, Anthony Kearns, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Matthew West, LOCASH, Paul Cardell, Spensha Baker, and Thomson Square. The National Christmas Tree will be lit every day from approximately 4:30 p.m. to midnight as part of America Celebrates display at President’s Park (White House). This display is free to visit and will be open to the public after the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
When: November 28 through the festive season from 4:30 pm to 12:00 midnight.
Cost: Free after the lighting ceremony. Tickets are required for November 28 only.
About: Oregon’s Willamette National Forest was selected for the honour of providing the People’s Tree this year and the tree is following the Oregon Trail in reverse to Washington DC. The tree will be secured and displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building decorated with many of the 10, 000 handmade ornaments from the people of Oregon. (Each year a different state forest is chosen to provide the tree.)In addition, Willamette National Forest will send 70 smaller trees to Washington, D.C. to be erected in government buildings and public spaces this December.
When: December 5 – tree lighting. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2019.
Contact:202-226-8000 – Capitol Visitor Center.