National Park Service & National Park Foundation Announce Hip Hop Artist and Actor Common to Host the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, November 23, 2010National Park Foundation
JACKIE EVANCHO AND JIM JAMES JOIN STAR STUDDED LIST OF PERFORMERS INCLUDING MAROON 5, B.B. KING AND SARA BAREILLES Ceremony to be Streamed Live at on December 9th at 5pm ET and Broadcast Nationally on Public Television Throughout December

Washington, D.C. (November 23, 2010) – Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that hip-hop artist and actor Common will host the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. In addition, ten year-old “America’s Got Talent” soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho and singer-songwriter Jim James, from rock group My Morning Jacket, will perform at 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.. The ceremony will usher in the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed LIVE online at or on public television throughout the month of December.

Common, Jackie Evancho and Jim James join previously announced artists including blues legend B.B. King, Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles, and Grammy®-award winning band Maroon 5 for the 87th anniversary of the event. The star-studded line up will offer a diverse and entertaining program of traditional holiday music and other surprises yet to be announced.

For more information about the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit 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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