Tree Lighting

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December 02, 2007|By [ANDREA GROSSMAN]

The holiday season gains a little more illumination with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony kicks off a three-week program in which the national tree and smaller trees representing the 50 states and two territories are displayed for visitors from dusk to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1. In addition to viewing the trees, guests can see musical performances from Saturday through Dec. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. weeknights and at 4 p.m. weekends.

Tickets, required for seating at Thursday's event, already have been distributed. However, not everyone shows up to claim their spots, which means any open seats may be filled by guests arriving at the entrance on 17th and E streets.

The gates open at 3:30 p.m. for ticket holders. There is no parking available near the White House, so public transportation is the best bet. The nearest metro stops are Metro Center, Federal Triangle and McPherson Square. For more information, call 202-208-1631.

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