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.
White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Lottery
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to be Held on December 6
Ticket Lottery Opens October 25
Washington, D.C.- The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held annually on the Ellipse to kick off the holiday season in our Nation's Capital, this year will be held Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. (EST), the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced today.
Free tickets for the 90th annual tree-lighting ceremony will be awarded through an online lottery, which will open at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, October 25 and close at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, October 29. Those seeking tickets can enter the lottery by going to www.thenationaltree.org and clicking the 'TICKET LOTTERY' link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. There are 3,000 seated tickets and 14,000 standing-room tickets available through the lottery.
Winners will be notified by email by November 1. In addition, lottery entrants can check the status of their requests starting on November 1 by signing in to www.recreation.gov.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, with support from the event's premier sponsor, UL. Other supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services, Inc. and Hudler Carolina Tree Farms.
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Did You Know?
In Ellicott's Mills, Maryland, President Andrew Jackson boards a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a pleasure trip to Baltimore in 1833. Jackson, who had never been on a train before, was the first president to take a ride on the "Iron Horse," as locomotives were known then.