Watch: Christmas tree lighting 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lead their final National Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Actress Eva Longoria will host the ceremony, which will feature Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Simone Manuel and performers Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and James Taylor among others.

The annual event on the Ellipse triggers road closures in Downtown D.C., triggering major traffic jams.

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