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The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

Airs Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012.

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that multiple Grammy award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the ceremony, which also includes holiday performances by The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.

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The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012.

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We’re getting into the spirit of giving! Thanks to UL, five lucky winners will receive a commemorative National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 poster signed by talent! This year’s outstanding lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Forte, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Train and more. The Sweepstakes begins on November 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time and ends on December 27, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Register Now

Holidays At The White House

This year’s theme is ‘Gather Around’. It celebrates the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year. As members of one American family, we are united in a story built over the course of two centuries. The holidays serve as an opportunity to recall our Nation's journey, reflect on our blessings, and to remember those who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. It's a season when each of us can do our part to care for one another. View photos and learn more about holidays at the White House.

The 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday, December 6, 2013 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at thenationaltree.org beginning at 1:30 PT (4:30 p.m. ET) with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event can also be seen on public television throughout December.

Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and produced by Bounce AEG, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park. This year’s ceremony marks the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.

For the sixth consecutive year, UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting. As an independent safety science company, UL’s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people. More information can be found at UL.com.

Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove, Hilton Garden Inn – Washington D.C. Downtown, Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison Hotel Washington D.C., Mesh Int’l, Nicolas Holiday, Uber, United and Willard InterContinental Washington D.C.

Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and visit thenationaltree.org for the most up-to-date information.

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The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 Preview

Above: The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that multiple Grammy award-winning superstar Mariah Carey will be performing at the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the ceremony, which also includes holiday performances by The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.