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First Family to Light National Christmas Tree in President’s Park

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will help celebrate the 2023 holiday season by lighting the National Christmas Tree at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will also attend the lighting. The ceremony will take place on the Ellipse at The White House and President’s Park on Nov. 30.

The lighting ceremony will also include remarks from Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

In partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), CBS will broadcast the 2023 ceremony on Friday, December 15 (8 p.m. EST/PST) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live on Paramount+. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will be available to view at beginning Dec. 16.

First celebrated in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge, the National Christmas Tree Lighting continues to inspire people everywhere to pause to enjoy cherished traditions and memories made with family and friends in national parks during the holiday season. Learn more about the history of the National Christmas Tree Lighting.

The National Christmas Tree and 58 smaller trees are free to visit and open to the public December 2, 2023, through January 1, 2024. Hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lights turn on near sunset each evening.

For more event information and updates, please visit and follow President’s Park on Facebook or Twitter.

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