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Over 100 Years

National Christmas Tree Lighting

2023 National Christmas Tree
Elman Studio for NPF

Each year, the National Park Foundation (NPF) partners with the National Park Service (NPS), and President’s Park to support the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The concert and tree lighting event, held in President’s Park, is attended by visitors from across the country. After the event, visitors to President’s Park are invited to stroll around the tree as well as explore its 58 surrounding trees, decorated in ornaments designed by students representing each U.S. state, territory, and schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Parks Are a Gift to Us All
Parks are our treasured places to cherish and protect.

NPF is a proud presenter of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, as it invites us all to reflect on the spectacular power of parks to bring people together, as well as reminds us to give back to these places that mean so much to so many. During the holiday season and year-round, NPF supports NPS as its official nonprofit partner, ensuring parks such as these continue to be protected and shared with present and future generations.

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Two men decorate the 2018 National Christmas Tree
Over 100 Years of the National Christmas Tree

Learn more about the 58 surrounding trees that make up the National Christmas Tree’s America Celebrates display as well as the history and process of designing tree, plus meet two individuals who work on these huge projects each year.

Read the Story
Volunteers decorate the Louisiana Christmas tree in front of the White House for the 2022 National Christmas Tree Lighting.
Virtually Visit the State Trees

Can’t make it to D.C. this holiday season? Make a virtual visit to the park by exploring the student-designed ornaments decorating 58 trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree.

Explore Ornaments
A wide shot of the National Christmas Tree lighting, with the tree illuminated and a gathered crowd watching a speech
2023's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Learn more about this year's event as it gets closer. And if you can’t make it to the event – never fear! CBS broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 15.

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