Special Events

Trombone Shorty performs with National Christmas Tree and White House in background

National Christmas Tree Lighting

The tradition of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse began with President Coolidge over 90 years ago!

Children rolling eggs on the South Lawn.

White House Easter Egg Roll

An event that began well over a century ago with President Hayes continues to this day with the traditional egg rolling activity.

Visitors on the South Lawn.
Visitors view the White House from the South Lawn.

Credit: E. Yoder

White House Garden Tour

The White House Grounds are the oldest continually maintained landscape in the United States. One weekend during the spring and fall the White House South Grounds are open to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to see the two formal gardens, the Rose Garden near the West Wing and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden near the East Wing as well as the Kitchen Garden which was established in 2009. Along with the gardens visitors can view many of the ornamental trees planted by former presidents.

To attend the event visitors must obtain a free timed ticket which are distributed on the same day beginning at 8:30 am from an NPS tent located near the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street NW.

Spring 2018 garden tours will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm, and on Sunday, April 15 from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.


Last updated: April 9, 2018

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