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Celebrate the 100th National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park

The National Christmas Tree is lit with the White House in the background. The forefront of the image is the stage with performers and the audience.
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 2021

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News Release Date: October 18, 2022

Contact: Chelsea Sullivan, 202-297-2659

WASHINGTON—Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation this holiday season to celebrate the 100th lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Nov. 30. The National Christmas Tree Lighting ticket lottery will open on Oct. 25.

Here are five dates to know for this year’s tree lighting ceremony: 

  • Oct. 25: Free ticket lottery opens at 10 a.m. ET. 
  • Nov. 1: Free ticket lottery closes at 10 a.m. ET. 
  • Nov. 30: National Christmas Tree will be lit for the 100th time! 
  • Dec. 2: The National Christmas Tree area opens to the public.  
  • Dec. 11: CBS Network will broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting special at 8 p.m. ET. 

Free tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony are awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. ET on Oct. 25 and closes at 10 a.m. ET on Nov. 1. To enter the lottery, visit and click “TICKET LOTTERY.” You may also call 877-444-6777 to enter the lottery. Lottery applicants will be notified about their ticket status on Nov. 8. 

This year’s event marks the 100th lighting of the National Christmas Tree. President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923. Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition features musical performances and the official ringing in of the holiday season. Learn more about the history of the National Christmas Tree Lighting.

Beginning Dec. 2 and through Jan. 1, 2023, the public can see the National Christmas Tree and the 58 trees decorated by states, territories, and schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity.  

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More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961. Visit us at:, on Facebook:, Twitter:, and YouTube:   


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Last updated: October 19, 2022

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