It's that time of year again when the lights go up, the radio turns to holiday carols, and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in D.C. The 93rd annual lighting ceremony is set to begin Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Ellipse at President's Park. For the 53rd consecutive year, GE will design and light the National Christmas tree.
Planners announced Tuesday that actress Reese Witherspoon will host the annual lighting ceremony. The evening will also feature actress and singer Bellamy Young of ABC's "Scandal," Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fall Out Boy, Trombone Shorty, Andra Day and Miss Piggy. As per tradition, the President and his family will be in attendance to do the actual lighting.
As with many D.C. events, the Metropolitan Police Department says they will be closing roads from 2-9 p.m. for the lighting ceremony. Commuters should take these closures into consideration when traveling today.