Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec. 4. By tradition, President Barack Obama and his family also will help light the tree.

Musicians will perform holiday tunes. This year's performers will include Ne-Yo, Steve Miller, country star Chely Wright, Patti Labelle, and the groups Fifth Harmony, Nico and Vinz and The Tenors.

The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets for the event were distributed through a lottery.

This year, the 56 state and territory Christmas trees in the park will be lit with designs created by girls nationwide through Google's Made with Code project.

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE) Producer/actor Tom Hanks, actress Rita Wilson and actor Chet Hanks attend HBO's Annual Emmy Awards after party at the Pacific Design Center on August 29, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 03: Actor Chet Hanks attends The Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Voice Awards at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on May 3, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Actress Rita Wilson and Chester Marlon Hanks attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Tom Hanks, son Chester Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Musician Chet Hanks (L) and actress Rita Wilson attend Scott 'Scooter' Braun at Scott 'Scooter' Braun's 30th Birthday Party at the Music Box Theater on June 18, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Rita Wilson and son Chester Hanks attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 03: Actor Chet Hanks (L) and guest attend The Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Voice Awards at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on May 3, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks arrives at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA -FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks arrives at 'Chevy Rocks the Future' held at the Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by: Jean-Paul Aussenard/Wireimage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Chelsea Staub, Chet Hanks, Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Jon Voight, Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Chet Hanks, Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Tom Hanks, his daughter Elizabeth (L), sons Truman (3rd R) and Chester (2nd R) , and wife Rita Wilson (R) walk down Broadway June 22, 2002 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Skyler Shaye and Chet Hanks attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks and Natalia Ramos arrive at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and children Truman Theodore, left, and Chester Marlon, right. *EXCLUSIVE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and children Truman Theodore, left, and Chester Marlon, right. *EXCLUSIVE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Tom Hanks, his daughter Elizabeth and son Chester walk down Broadway June 22, 2002 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Rita Wilson, left, and her son Chester Hanks pose for photographers at the premiere of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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