The lottery for tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is now open and ends at 10 a.m. (ET) on Monday, October 22.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Lottery is open! Get into the holiday spirit and enter for your chance to celebrate the season at President’s Park. You can learn more about the event below and apply for tickets through our event lottery.
On December 5, 2019, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation will present the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at President’s Park in Washington, DC.
This ceremony is a beloved holiday tradition dating back to Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first National Christmas Tree.
Nearly 100 years later, this tradition continues with musical performers and special guests bringing people together in one of America’s National Parks to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
After the lighting ceremony and throughout the month of December, visitors are invited to view the National Christmas Tree, as well as the 56 surrounding trees honoring the states, territories, and District of Columbia.
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Lottery Opens: Oct. 12 (10 a.m. ET)
Lottery Closes: Oct. 16 (10 a.m. ET)
Lottery Results Available: Oct. 30
Event Date: Nov. 30
Tickets are free, but limited.
There is no charge for entering the lottery.
Only one application per household. All other applications will be voided without notice.
Ensure that your account contact information is correct and current. Your email address will be used for lottery and ticket communications.
Results will be available on October 30. Emails will be sent after that date to the lottery winners with instructions for printing tickets.