The National Tree, a Colorado blue spruce planted in 2012, is one of a few trees that have been part of the ceremony since it began in the ‘20s. The current tree replaced one brought to D.C. in 2011 which died of “transplant shock,” and the previous tree which had been used in the ceremony since 1978.
In addition to The Airmen of Note, the jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, performers at the Tree Lighting Ceremony will include James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, The Lumineers, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Afro Blue, gospel singer Yolanda Adams. Performances are set to begin around 5:00 pm EST.
How to Live Stream the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The ceremony will live stream on the White House Youtube channel starting at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, November 24.
The Hallmark Channel will also be broadcasting the lighting on Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm EST.
You can also watch the 2015 Lighting Ceremony, hosted by Reese Witherspoon and featuring performances from Crosby, Stills and Nash, Fall Out Boy, Trombone Shorty, Scandal star Bellamy Young, Andra Day, and Miss Piggy, on the official National Tree website.