Grammy Award Winner James Taylor Performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting

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03 December 2016
rickspicks Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyCredit: Copyright 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting at President's Park/Paul Morigi for the National Park Foundation
94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting
Monday, December 5 at 7PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel
and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD

       Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor along with Country Music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will take the stage at the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Other music luminaries, including gospel legend Yolanda Adams, the first “American Idol” Kelly Clarkson and critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, will also be performing at this year’s event.

           The 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The special event wraps the National Park Service centennial year and celebrates the launch of a second century of stewardship. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Christmas Tree Lighting will be telecast exclusively on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5, and simulcast on DirecTV 4K Ultra HD.

National Christmas Tree Lighting
Credit: Copyright 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting at President's Park/Paul Morigi for the National Park Foundation
          An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to “FindYourPark.” Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

          More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961.

National Christmas Tree Lighting
Credit: Copyright 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting at President's Park/Paul Morigi for the National Park Foundation
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