White House Tours canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013
We regret to inform you that White House Tours are canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 hour hotline at (202) 456-7041.
White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
2010 National Christmas Tree
Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony
The tree lighting ceremony begins each year’s National Christmas Tree Program. Nationally known entertainers and a military band add to the celebratory evening in which the President brings a message of peace to the nation and the world. The culmination of the evening is the illumination of the National Christmas Tree.
National Christmas Tree Nightly Performances
Musical entertainment, featuring musical performances by volunteer choirs, bands and dancers, will be held nightly on the Ellipse stage during the month of December.
Weeknight performances will be performed between 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekend performances will be performed between 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
It's free, no tickets required!
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National Christmas Tree Program Activities
In what becomes the "Christmas Pathway of Peace," the National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller trees--one for each state, five territories and the District of Columbia--serve as the event focal point. All 57 trees will be lit each evening at dusk until 11:00 p.m. and will be lit each night through January 1st. Sponsoring organizations in each state provide the tree decorations and each decoration is encased in a protective plastic globe to shield it from the weather. Seasonal displays include a Yule log and a large-scale model train. For the 16th consecutive year, a local volunteer group, the National Christmas Tree Railroad will provide model trains that surround the base of the National Christmas Tree. The trains will run from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily through January 1st.
Santa's Workshop will return for the third year, the Workshop hours will be released in November.
For more information on Santa's Workshop, please visit: http://www.thenationaltree.org/visit-santa/santas-workshop/
Did You Know?
Warren G. Harding was the first newspaper publisher from Ohio to be elected into the presidency in 1921.