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Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles (NPS), 202-619-7177
Contact: Alanna Sobel (NPF), 202-796-2538
Contact: Pam Slay (Hallmark Channel), 818-755-2480
WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, lottery entrants found out if they won free tickets to attend the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy being serenaded by Craig Campbell and Us The Duo, in addition to performances from Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional entertainers and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.
A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the unique ways that people can experience national parks and #FindYourPark/ #EncuentraTuParque.
No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing your photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.
Additional information, including more talent announcements and coverage logistics for news media, will be shared at a later date.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 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: www.nps.gov, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/
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About the National Park Foundation. The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.