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National Christmas Tree Timeline

A Brief Timeline of the National Christmas Tree

Explore the timeline below for more information on some of the trees and the various locations where the tree lighting ceremonies have taken place over the years.

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The National Christmas Trees
1923 National Christmas Tree 1923
First National Christmas Tree
The first National Christmas Tree placed on the Ellipse.
1927 National Christmas Tree 1924
Sherman Plaza
Between 1924 and 1933, the National Christmas Tree was located in Sherman Plaza.
1934 National Christmas Tree 1934
Lafayette Park
From 1934 to 1938, the National Christmas Tree was in Lafayette Park.
The Ellipse, south of the White House. 1939
The Ellipse
From 1939 to 1940, the National Christmas Tree was on the Ellipse.
Roosevelt speaks at the 1941 National Christmas Tree 1941
White House South Lawn
From 1941 to 1953, the National Christmas Tree was located on the South Lawn of the White House
1956 National Christmas Tree 1954
The Ellipse
The National Christmas Tree returned to the Ellipse in 1954 and is still there.

Did You Know?


In 1932, there was a “Singing Tree". Loudspeakers hidden in the tree were connected to a Victrola which was stationed in a police booth, playing carols. This created the effect of carols emerging from the tree. Park Police changed the records from 6 until 10 pm from Christmas Eve until New Year's.