National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Begins | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Begins

Play associated audio
Tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree are highly coveted by both tourists and area residents.
Kevin Harber: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevharb/4191185813/
Tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree are highly coveted by both tourists and area residents.

The lottery is now open for free tickets to attend this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington.

The National Park Service opened the online lottery this morning at 10 a.m. People interested in seeing the tree light up can register online or by phone through Monday morning at 10.  The Park Service says there are 17,000 tickets available — 3,000 for seats and 14,000 standing-room only tickets.

This year's lighting is scheduled for December 6. The president traditionally lights the tree along with his family.  The tradition began in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge and will celebrate its 90th year this December. As usual the ceremony will feature live performances of Christmas music among other things.

For those not able to attend, it will be broadcast on many public television stations in the days after December 6 in the run up to the holidays, and will be broadcast live online.

To enter the lottery for tickets, call 877-444-6777 or visit TheNationalTree.org.

NPR

An Epic Art Tale: Commissioned By Hitler, Recovered By German Police

Dutch art detective Arthur Brand helped recover the pieces — including two bronze horses that used to stand outside the Reich Chancellery and which were thought to have been destroyed in the war.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

Martin O'Malley Set To Join The 2016 Race

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor enters the Democratic race for president Saturday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Juana Summers about how O'Malley will approach the campaign.
NPR

Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums

With ballgames, family reunions and trips to the beach, summer is full of chances to snap photos. Apple and Google are in a battle to help you store, organize and share all those visual mementos.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.