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Countdown to the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will air on Friday, December 6, 2013 starting at 4:30pm ET. Tickets for this National Mall favorite usually goes quickly. Every year PBS in conjunction with National Parks Services ensures that as many people as possible can view the traditional lighting of the National Christmas Tree by the President.

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LIVE and On Demand

PBS will make the event available on the night of the show. The show can be viewed LIVE and again On Demand on the following website: Also, throughout the month of December, PBS will carry the complete show on various stations. (Click for schedule)

This year will have a variety of star-studded performers from Country, Folk, Opera, Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Classical and Gospel for its annual ceremony. Below is a list of scheduled artist to appear:

Performers (See Photos)

  • Forte
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Joshua Bell
  • Mariah Carey
  • Renée Fleming
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Jane Lynch
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Prince Royce
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Train

Pre-Show Performers (See Photos)

  • The U.S. Army Blues
  • Aberdeen Green
  • Tommy McFLY
  • Jummy Olabanji
  • Del Travar
  • Nolan Williams, Jr. & Voices of Inspiration

Choirs From Across the Country

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will kick off over eleven days of choirs from around the United States singing and performing on the National Mall.

For a complete list of days and times for these free concerts around the National Christmas Tree – click here.


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