Lighting Ceremony

A Beloved American Tradition

CBS broadcasted the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, December 5 (8:30pm ET, 8pm PT) on the CBS Television Network, offering a special opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and celebrate this holiday tradition from the comfort of home. Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition celebrates its 99th year.

LL COOL J at the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The 2021 Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Celebrating 99 Years

Learn about the history of this nearly 100 year-old American tradition.

Timeline and History
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