National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The White House and President’s Park
Near Washington, District of Columbia
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.
Watch the National Christmas Tree Lighting
Six dates to know
Nov. 1: Free ticket lottery opens at 10 a.m. ET.
Nov. 8: Free ticket lottery closes at 3 p.m. ET.
Nov. 15: Lottery Results Announced.
Nov. 30: National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Dec. 2: The National Christmas Tree site opens to the public.
Dec. 15: CBS Network will broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting special at 8 p.m. ET.
Free ticket lottery
Free tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony are awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. ET, Nov. 1 and closes at 3 p.m. ET Nov. 8. To enter the lottery, visit Recreation.gov. You may also call 877-444-6777 to enter the lottery. Lottery applicants will be notified about their ticket status Nov. 15.