The Lumineers, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood to Dazzle the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting

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Date: November 17, 2016
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles (NPS), 202-619-7177
Contact: Alanna Sobel (NPF), 202-796-2538
Contact: Pam Slay (Hallmark), 818-755-2480

WASHINGTON– The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. They will join James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and Yolanda Adams in performing a collection of holiday favorites. Learn more at
Taking place Thursday, December 1, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House), the special event wraps the National Park Service Centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of discovery and stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be televised exclusively on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5.

Dates to note:

  • December 1: National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s Park 
  • December 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: National Christmas Tree Lighting telecast exclusively on Hallmark Channel 
An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. 
Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree, follow #NCTL2016 on social media, and visit for more information about the event and its history. 
EDITORS NOTE: Credentials are REQUIRED to cover this event. To request credentials (for personnel or parking for transmission trucks), please complete and submit the media credential application using the hyperlinked form by 4 p.m. ETThursday, November 17, 2016. Submitting a credential application does not guarantee that you will receive credentials to cover the event. You will be notified of the status of your request by November 24, and credentialed media will receive further information by email at that time. Additional information, more talent announcements, and coverage logistics for news media will be released at a later date.
*Please note that a previous release said it would be televised on Hallmark Channel on Friday, December 2. The new date it will be televised on the network is Monday, December 5

Last updated: November 17, 2016

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