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.
Musical Performers Announced for 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Washington, DC - Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that singer James Taylor, multiple Grammy®-award winner singer/songwriter/producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, two-time Grammy®-award winner Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will perform at the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced shortly.
The 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 6 on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington, DC. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation's capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30 pm ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event also can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or by visiting www.thenationaltree.org.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President's Park presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, and produced by Bounce. This year's ceremony marks the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. More information about the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting can be found at www.thenationaltree.org.
The premier sponsor of this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety organization. Now in its fourth year, UL's premier sponsorship of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is part of its national safety campaign to educate consumers on how they can make their homes safer during the holidays. More information can be found at www.SafetyAtHome.com. Oher event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, United Airlines,and the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC.
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Did You Know?
During the American Civil War, the grounds of the Ellipse and incomplete Washington Monument were used as corrals for horses, mules, and cattle, also camp sites for Union Troops.