WASHINGTON – We can’t say “watch live” because Thursday evening’s broadcast won’t actually be a live lighting of the tree.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump actually lit the National Christmas Tree outside the White House on Monday; however, due to coronavirus restrictions, there was no live audience for this year’s lighting.
Instead, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, you’ll be able to watch the debut of the virtual 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which includes a variety of performances and of course, the lighting of the 30-foot Colorado blue spruce that currently serves as the National Christmas Tree.
This year, rather than in-person performances, several artists will be performing virtually:
- Colton Dixon
- Jerrod Niemann
- Jillian Cardarelli
- Jillian Edwards
- Kellie Pickler
- Laine Hardy
- Leaving Austin
- Lynda Randle and Michael Tait
- Matthew West
- NPS Arrowhead Jazz Band
- Tuscon Arizona Boys Choir
- The Sea Chanters
- “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band