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Save the Date for the 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting


WASHINGTON—Making plans for the holidays? Save Dec. 5 for the 2019 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House).

Free tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony are awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. EDT on Oct. 15 and closes at 10 a.m. EDT on Oct. 21. To enter the lottery visit and click “TICKET LOTTERY”. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 to enter the lottery. Lottery applicants will be notified on Nov. 4.

President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the first National Christmas Tree Lighting in 1923; this year marks the 97th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. The ceremony today inspires visitors and viewers from around the globe to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season.

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 and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 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. Visit us at:, on Facebook:, Twitter:, and YouTube: