After The National Christmas Tree Lighting: The Festivities Continue

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Still time to visit Santa’s Workshop, enjoy live entertainment and
walk the Pathway of Peace

WASHINGTON (December 11, 2013) – Join friends and family on the Ellipse in President’s Park to enjoy musical entertainment, make last-minute requests of Santa and see 56 unique trees along the Pathway of Peace. All the activities are free and open to the public. No tickets required. Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and visit for the most up-to-date information on the month-long holiday celebration in President’s Park, one of America’s 401 national parks.

Musical Entertainment
Tap your toe or sing along to performances featuring jazz, choral music and dancers, starting Wednesday, December 11 at 5 p.m., and continuing through December 22. Download the schedule (pdf). Daily performances (except Mondays):

Tuesday - Friday:            5-8:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:          1-8:30 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop
Families are invited to visit Santa and his elves as they make toys for all the good little girls and boys. Santa’s Workshop, presented by UL, is open through Tuesday, December 24:
Monday - Thursday:       4-6:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.
Friday - Sunday:             12:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.
December 24:                 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pathway of Peace & National Christmas Tree Railroad
Fifty-six trees – one for every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia – surround the National Christmas Tree. Each tree is decorated with one-of-a-kind ornaments. American artists and youth have given their time and talents to design and create the ornaments, which symbolize our history, heritage and culture. For the 20th year, the model National Christmas Tree Railroad, always on-time to deliver good cheer, will chug around the National Christmas Tree. The Pathway of Peace is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through January 1.

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