NPS & NPF Announce 2010 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Performers

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2010) – Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that blues legend B.B. King, Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles, and Grammy®-award winning band Maroon 5 will all perform at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The event, which will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. ET on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C., will usher in the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed LIVE online at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout the month of December. Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced shortly.

Tickets to the event for the general public will be awarded via an online lottery system, providing a chance to obtain free tickets to the ceremony. The online lottery will be available beginning at 12:01 a.m. (ET) on Friday, November 5th. The ticket lottery remains open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 7th, by going to www.thenationaltree.org and following the link to the online ticket lottery application page at www.recreation.gov. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks.

The lottery at www.thenationaltree.org will include 3,000 ticketed seats and 10,000 standing room tickets. The website will contain all necessary information to apply for 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tickets. Additionally, any ticket seekers without access to a computer may also call (877-444-6777 or for TDD 877-833-6777) beginning Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 7th to place their names into the lottery.

For more information about the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit www.thenationaltree.org.

The 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the premier sponsor of the event.

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