U.S. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies


One of the best ways to get into the Christmas Spirit in the U.S.  is to watch the lighting of Christmas Trees. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held in Washington D.C. is perhaps the most famous and popular event in this category. (The first National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place in 1923 during the presidency of Calvin Coolidge.) There are, however, several smaller, lesser known locations (with smaller trees) that serve the purpose just as well and call for the same amount of sincere oohs and aahs after the tree has been electronically lit. Here’s an odd example: picture a tree pieced together with piles of tumbleweed and you’ll arrive at the scene of the traditional Southwestern tradition in Chandler, Arizona and its famous Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Knowledge That Travels has compiled some of the most famous Tree Lighting Ceremonies interspersed with lesser known versions thereof! On that note, Happy Holidays!

Chicago, IL
November 25, 2009, 5 p.m.: 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza

Reston, Virgina
November 27, 2009, 6 p.m.: Reston Town Center

New York City, New York
December 2, 2009, 5 p.m.: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
– 72-foot tall Norway spruce with over 30,000 lights

Washington, D.C.
Dec 3, 2009, 5 p.m.:  2009 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse, just South of the White House
– Live performance from Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow
– tickets required only for the  lighting ceremony
– don’t miss the Pageant of Peace, a collection of 50 smaller trees (representing each State) surrounding the National tree

Chandler, Arizona
Dec 5, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

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