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.
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Umbrella Policy
The lighting of the National Christmas Tree occurs rain or shine. Please be aware that umbrellas are not permitted within the event site. Guests are encouraged to bring ponchos and raincoats in case of inclement weather.
Contact Public Affairs
The NPS National Capital Region Communication Office is the clearing house for up-to-the-minute information for the National Capital Region. Historically, the mission has to provide information to the press about happenings, or proposed happenings, in the parks.
If you are a member of the media seeking information, please contact the NPS National Capital Region Communication Office at 202-619-7222.
Did You Know?
In 1878 Rutherford B. Hayes held the first Easter egg roll on the White House lawn. It was held at the U.S. Capitol, but the children apparently caused such a ruckus on the grounds that Congress passed the Turf Protection Law to prohibit the area from being used as a playground in future years.