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How to Get Tickets for the 101st National Christmas Tree Lighting

Starting November 1, you can enter a lottery to win free tickets to the festive celebration.

2022 National Christmas Tree Lighting. Photograph by NPS/Kelsey Graczyk.

The 101st National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be November 30 this year. Here’s what you need to know to get tickets to the annual event.

The free tickets will be decided by an online raffle that can be entered from November 1 at 10 AM to November 8 at 3 PM. Winners will be announced November 15, two weeks before the actual event.

If you want to see the tree but didn’t get selected for the raffle, worry not, as the tree will open to the public on December 2.

The musical guests and the host have not yet been revealed. Last year’s event was hosted by LL Cool J and included musical guests Shania Twain, Joss Stone, Andy Grammer, and Gloria Estefan.

When the lottery opens on November 1, you can enter online or by calling 877-444-6777.

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Hunter is a cat-loving Coloradoan who enjoys history, Halloween and board games. He studied audio production and radio storytelling at Hofstra University before moving to DC in 2022. During his editorial fellowship with Washingtonian in the fall of 2023, he ran Halloween Hunter, a section featuring local stories for the spooky season.