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2016 National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree is a living tree located on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington DC. It is decorated and lit as a part of an annual month-long holiday celebration that runs from the lighting ceremony in early December through January 1st. The design is unique each year. Enjoy these photos of the National Christmas Tree and get a glimpse of the annual seasonal event.
For details about visiting the Ellipse, see The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of PeaceContinue to 2 of 15 below.
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Santa's Workshop at the National Christmas TreeWhile visiting the National Christmas Tree, be sure to see Santa’s Workshop and experience the wonder of the North Pole and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. The workshop was provided by Underwriters Laboratories (UL)as part of their "Safety at Home" campaign, keeping families safe during the holiday season and year round.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood
Country singers Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting attended by the first family on the Ellipse December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Each year, nationally known entertainers perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting and the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. President Barack Obama sings 'Jingle Bells' with Chance the Rapper, Santa Claus, Caroline Smedvig, James Taylor, Eva Longoria, Garth Brooks, and Marc Anthony during the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig at the National Christmas Tree Lighting
Singer James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig performed at the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Marc Anthony at the National Christmas Tree Lighting
Singer Mark Anthony performed at the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Michelle Obama Reads to Students
First Lady Michelle Obama and Miss Piggy read 'The Night Before Christmas' to young students at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lightening Ceremony.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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National Christmas Tree at DuskHere is a view of the National Christmas Tree and the White House at dusk. Visitors enjoy musical performances and seasonal displays on the Ellipse throughout the holiday season.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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A Miniature Train at the Ellipse
Visitors enjoy a holiday celebration with live entertainment at the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace. Seasonal displays surrounding the tree include a yule log, a model train, a manger and Santa's workshop. Here's a photo of the miniature train after a dusting of snow.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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President Obama Dances with Santa at the National Christmas Tree Lighting
President Barack dances with Santa Claus and performers during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Obama Family at the National Christmas Tree Lighting
President Barack Obama, his daughters Sasha and Malia, mother-in-law Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama watch the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Christmas MangerAmong the seasonal displays at the National Christmas Tree, is a manger with the baby Jesus.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Yule Log by the National Christmas TreeVisitors to the National Christmas Tree keep warm by the yule log.
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National Christmas Tree - 2009Each year the National Christmas Tree is decorated with unique ornaments and has a slightly different appearance.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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National Christmas Tree - 2008
The tradition of lighting a Christmas tree in Washington DC dates back to 1923. Read more about the history of the National Christmas Tree. The interior of the White House is also decorated each year with a unique theme. See White House Christmas Photos.
Washington DC is beautifully decorated throughout the holiday season. See also, Christmas in Washington - A Photo Gallery of Decorations.