National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Opens on October 25

2008 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree by Donna Spiewak, NPS.The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held annually on the Ellipse, between the National Mall and the White House in Washington, D.C., will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 5 p.m.

Free tickets for the 90th annual tree-lighting ceremony will be awarded through an online lottery, which will open at 10 a.m. (ET) Thursday, October 25 and close at 10 a.m. (ET) on Monday, October 29. Enter the lottery by going to thenationaltree.org and clicking the ‘Ticket Lottery’ link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. There are 3,000 seated tickets and 14,000 standing-room tickets available through the lottery.

Winners will be notified by email by November 1. In addition, lottery entrants can check the status of their requests starting on November 1 by signing in to recreation.gov.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

Image: 2008 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree by Donna Spiewak, NPS.