WATCH: National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony

President Donald Trump speaks as he and first lady Melania Trump attend the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Continuing a nearly 100-year-old tradition, President Donald Trump lit the National Christmas Tree Wednesday evening.

The festivities were hosted by model and actor Antonio Sabàto Jr. This year’s event featured a number of country and Christian musicians, as well as tenor Anthony Kearns.

The tree-lighting ceremony kicked off at 4:30 p.m.

See a video of the ceremony below.

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