Ticket Lottery for National Christmas Tree Lighting Opens Friday

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The National Park Service will be opening a ticket lottery for two free tickets to the 86th National Christmas Tree lighting in front of the White House.

Scheduled for December 9th, the president traditionally lights the tree during the ceremony. The event started in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green as a quartet from the U.S. Marine Band performed.

The lottery will be open for three days only. It will open at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday and run through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. There are 3,000 tickets for seats and 10,000 standing-room tickets up for grabs. Tickets will be mailed to the lottery winners.

For more information on the event and the history of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit www.thenationaltree.org.

Photo of the 2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from Wikimedia Commons.

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