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Janelle Monae, Arturo Sandoval, Train, Prince Royce Will Perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting December 6

The annual ceremony is now in its 91st year.

The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony happens December 6. Photograph by Flickr user Tim Evanson.

Your National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony this year features three musical acts with 32 Grammy nominations among them and a Latin pop sensation whom People en Español has twice feted as being “most beautiful.”

Janelle Monáe, whose year has included an appearance on Saturday Night Live and a critically acclaimed follow-up album to 2010’s Grammy-winning smash, The ArchAndroid, will be there, as will superstar Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and San Francisco rock band Train. And then there’s Prince Royce, who’s been described as “Latin music’s biggest breakout star” by Billboard, and who’s a mere 24 years of age. (He’s also currently in the running for favorite Latin artist at this year’s American Music Awards.)

As if that weren’t enough excitement, the National Christmas Tree is tweeting this year, so follow along for all your 31-foot, Colorado blue spruce updates.

The lighting ceremony takes place Friday, December 6, at 4:30 PM. Watch it live via the National Park Foundation’s website or later in December on PBS.

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