National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Ticket Lottery Launches Oct 31

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 6, 2013, at 5 p.m. (EST).Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about holiday plans! On October 31, your mind may be on goblins and ghouls, but it’s also first day to enter the ticket lottery for free tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 6, 2013, at 5 p.m. (EST).

The ceremony is held annually on the Ellipse to kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital. Free tickets will be awarded through an online lottery, which will open at 10 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, October 31 and close at 10 a.m. (EST) on Monday, November 4. Those seeking tickets can 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 7. In addition, lottery entrants can check the status of their requests starting on November 7 by signing in to recreation.gov.