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2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be December 4


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are excited to announce the date for the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the White House Ellipse at President’s Park. This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in our nation’s capital will be held Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. Free tickets for the lighting ceremony will be awarded through an online lottery.

The free ticket lottery will open at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 17 and close at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 20. To enter the ticket lottery, go to and click the ‘TICKET LOTTERY’ link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777). There are 3,000 seated tickets and 14,000 standing room tickets available through the lottery.

Entrants can check the status of their requests starting on November 3 at the ticket lottery page. Winners will be notified via e-mail beginning November 3.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

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More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961.

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The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at