This is historical material “frozen in time”. The website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work.

Search form

Attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Enter the ticket lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The National Christmas Tree Shines Bright

The National Christmas Tree shines bright during the lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, Dec. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Want to attend this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony?  The event is free and open to the public, and will be held Thursday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. on the Ellipse of President’s Park. Tickets are available through an online lottery system, open now through 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, November 7.

To enter the lottery, visit, and follow the link to the online ticket lottery application page.

For more information, please see: