President Obama celebrates final National Christmas Tree lighting

U.S. President Barack Obama, joined by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Sasha lit the National Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House one last time as the First Family on Thursday.

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US President Barack Obama speaks during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington on December 1, 2016.

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Chance the Rapper performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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The National Christmas Tree is lit up after US President Barack Obama and his family hit the switch, on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.Ã

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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Singer James Taylor performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama gets a hug from Santa Claus as musician James Taylor looks on during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Singers Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood hold hands as they perform during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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Singer Yolanda Adams performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with his daughter Sasha as they participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama joins Santa Claus for a concluding Christmas carol during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016. Joining in (L-R) Chance the Rapper, First Lady Michelle Obama, James Taylor, Eva Longoria, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks and Marc Anthony.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cuddle together as they participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama joins in a Christmas carol at the conclusion of the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016. Joining the president are James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Garth Brooks and host Eva Longoria.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Simone Manuel read "The Night Before Christmas" to children at the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on The Ellipse, near the White House, in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama gets a hug from Eva Longoria during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama react during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington on December 1, 2016.

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Marc Anthony sings during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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U.S. President Barack Obama sings Jingle Bells with Marc Anthony, Chance the Rapper, James Taylor and Eva Longoria during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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"It's time to light the tree, everybody!" Obama said to the holiday gathering on the National Mall, before holding a countdown to the tree-lighting

Celebrities including Kelly Clarkson and other performers attended the ceremony.


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