Nat’l Christmas Tree Lighting: How to Watch

Nat’l Christmas Tree Lighting: How to Watch

The National Christmas Tree outside the White House was illuminated during a ceremony with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump Thursday evening.

Singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker hosted the event.

Here’s everything you need to know, from the broadcast schedule to road closures to how (and when) to see the tree in person.

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How to Watch Without Tickets

If you didn’t score tickets to the ceremony, you’ll still be able to view it on TV — you’ll just have to wait a few days. The ceremony will air twice Monday night, on REELZ at 8 p.m. ET and on Ovation at 9 p.m. ET.

What to Know About Road Closures

As usual with major events in D.C., there will be road closures for the lighting ceremony. The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from about 1 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET Thursday:

  • 17th Street between Pennsylvania and Independence avenues SW
  • C Street between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • D Street between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • E Street between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • F Street between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • G Street between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • New York Avenue between 17th and 18th streets NW
  • Constitution Avenue between 18th and 14th streets NW
  • 15th Street between H Street and Madison Drive NW (traffic will be allowed to flow south on 15th Street from Madison Drive)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • E Street between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • F Street between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • G Street between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • New York Avenue between 14th and 15th streets NW
Several roads will be closed on Dec. 5, 2019, for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

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All street closures and listed times are subject to change, police warn.

In addition, the following streets will be posted as “Emergency No Parking” from about 9:30 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET Thursday:

  • 17th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues NW
  • Constitution Avenue between 18th and 14th streets NW
  • 15th Street between H Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Any vehicles parked in violation of the “no parking” signs will be ticketed and towed, D.C. police warn.

Drivers could encounter delays in the area and may want to consider alternative routes, police said. Drivers should also be careful due to increased pedestrian traffic in the area.

How to Visit the Pathway of Peace

Outdoor holiday displays will light up the White House Ellipse throughout the month.

The Pathway of Peace, the walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree, will feature 56 trees, representing each state and territory, plus the District of Columbia — all decorated with unique handmade ornaments. It will be free and open to the public starting Monday and continuing through New Year’s Day.

In addition, you’ll be able to catch free 30-minute music and dance performances on the Ellipse stage from Dec. 11 to 22, excluding Dec. 16.

Published at Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:50:25 +0000