‘Tis the season to make your holiday plans! Make the National Christmas Tree Lighting in our nation’s capital part of your family’s 2019 celebration. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, December 05, 2019 on the Ellipse in President’s Park (one of America’s 419 national parks). You can enter to win tickets through a free online lottery. The lottery closes at 10:00 a.m. EDT on October 21, 2019.
Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 97th year. The celebration features a countdown to the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree, live musical performances by local and national performers and more!
The National Christmas Tree is a living tree, which can be seen year-round in President’s Park. Fifty-six smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree will feature one-of-a-kind ornaments created by students in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. President Calvin Coolidge first celebrated the National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923. The ceremony today inspires visitors and viewers from around the globe to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season.
Enter here for your chance to win tickets to the 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 to enter the lottery. Lottery applicants will be notified on November 04, 2019.
More #NCTL2019 media opportunities
Stay tuned for future opportunities, including a talent announcement and the names of the 56 schools decorating ornaments for the 56 state, district and territory trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. Event coverage logistics and credential application instructions for news media will be shared at a later date.
About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961. For more information, please visit us at nps.gov, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at NationalParks.org.