Washington, DC.- 17 000 people will be able to see first hand the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Ellipse by the White House on December 6 thanks to the National Park Service online lottery, which opened October 31 and will close November 4.
Available for the 91st annual tree-lighting ceremony at www.thenationaltree.org are 3,000 tickets for seats and 14,000 standing-room tickets. The Official website of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has announced that this year tree will be harvested from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington State, November 1st.
“The tree will spend several weeks on the road visiting communities across the country before arriving at the capital in time for Thanksgiving. The Capitol Christmas Tree will travel with companion trees designated for offices around the capital, and more than 5,000 handmade ornaments”, reads the website.
House Speaker John Boehner is expected to light the tree, which will be lit nightly from dusk to 11:00 pm throughout the three week Washington, DC Christmas season until January 1st.
Washington’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony dates back to 1923. In 1954, a “Pathway of Peace” -with 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia surrounding the Capitol tree- was added to the tradition.