What You Need to Know About Thursday’s National Christmas Tree Lighting

First of all, get ready for some gridlock.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is scheduled to begin Thursday at 4:30 PM on the Ellipse. It will conclude at approximately 6 PM. Be advised that with an assortment of road closures in the vicinity this event always causes epic capital gridlock (not the political kind, the traffic kind). The two key routes that are closed are 15th Street and 17th Street, beginning at 4:15.

Here’s what else you may want to know about the National Tree Lighting: