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The ceremonial lighting of a Christmas tree in the outdoor park at the White House goes back to 1923 when Calvin Coolidge first flipped the switch. This year, our nation’s 99th tree lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 2nd — after sunset, with President Joe Biden presiding. 

The 27 foot-tall evergreen — a white fir — was planted on October 30th, 2021, by the Park Service to replace a tree planted last year that succumbed to fungal disease. The National Christmas tree was planted in the Ellipse, the public park behind the White House, making it easy for visitors to take a look at it in any season.  

By tradition, the National Christmas tree is surrounded each year by smaller Christmas trees honoring every State and Territory. Each tree is decorated with ornaments created by organizations from their home states. 

A musical performance hosted by LL Cool J and a full cast of celebrities will be broadcast to celebrate this year’s tree lighting on Sunday, December 5th, at 8:30 PM.

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