Living so close to DC, if you haven’t been to see the National Christmas Tree, you are missing out! Lights are lit daily from 4:30 pm until 10:00 pm. There will be nightly entertainment, some of which will be provided by our very own local schools, such as the Manassas Park HS Choir on December 13th. Check the schedule to see who will be performing. As a local, the best time to see the tree is during the week, before schools let out for the holidays.
States and territories are each represented by a tree that is decorated with hand-made ornaments, usually made by children. Check out the trees and train display, then stop by the yule log to warm yourself. Parking is limited so do yourself a favor and reserve yourself a spot. My favorite place to park is at The Willard, then to take the elevator up into the hotel lobby as it is pretty direct walk and sets the stage beautifully for our adventure. Of course, you could always take a chance at finding a free spot on Constitution Ave after 6:30 pm on a weekday (free all day on Saturday and Sunday). Dress extra warm because no matter where you are coming from, it will be a hike.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place on November 30th. While everyone who is going already has their tickets, you can plan now to be at the 2018 lighting ceremony by either Volunteering or by signing up for the lottery. To take a chance at winning tickets, check the Recreation.gov website in late September for dates.
- Who: Young and young at heart alike
- What: A walk among the lights, trees, train set, choirs, and yule log in front of the majestic White House setting
- Why: (1) You are really into Christmas (2) You’re going stir crazy and need to get out of the house (3) You must do this at least once (4) You don’t need a reason
- When: Open daily 10 am until 10 pm beginning December 1st and lights turn on at 4:00 pm until January 1st.
- How Much: Free (You will likely pay for parking.)
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