Monday, November 26, 2012

The National Christmas Tree Gets Prepped For Dec. 6 Presidential Lighting Ceremony

Singer-songwriter James Taylor will headline the festivities...
President Obama and the First Family will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 6th.  On Sunday, as volunteers and staff were bedecking the halls of the White House following the delivery of the Official White House Christmas Tree to First Lady Michelle Obama, a crew was preparing the National Tree for the big day.

Longtime Obama supporter James Taylor, who performed at numerous reelection fundraisers and rallies, will headline the lighting festivities. Taylor will be joined by Kenny"Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. The ceremony will be broadcast online at thenationaltree.org.  PBS stations around the US will also broadcast the event.


The National Christmas Tree sits on the Ellipse right behind the South Lawn at 1600 Penn, and is surrounded by 56 smaller trees--one for each state, five territories, and the District of Columbia. The National Christmas Tree Railroad has provided model trains that surround the base of the tree.  Above: Workers unpack carts holding the railroad trains, surrounded by some of the smaller trees.

*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama