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Save the Date for the 98th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting

WASHINGTON – Save the date for the 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! You’re invited to watch the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and holiday performances on Dec. 3 on The show will be available to stream on-demand throughout the holiday season. Due to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) will not host a live audience at the 2020 National Christmas Tree Lighting.

The National Christmas Tree will be lit every evening throughout December. Visitors are invited to President's Park to view the National Christmas Tree and 56 trees representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia, decorated with ornaments designed by students from across the country.

Last year, the NPS planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park – a 30-foot Colorado blue spruce from Palmyra, Pa. First celebrated in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge, this year marks the 98th annual tree lighting and inspires visitors and viewers from around the globe to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season. The NPS and NPF look forward to celebrating the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in person next holiday season.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 422 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. Learn more at, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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