National Christmas Tree lights up the National Mall

The National Christmas Tree lit up the Ellipse Wednesday night, as President Joe Biden continued the century-old tradition of lighting the tree near the White House.

Biden was joined by first lady Jill Biden and host LL Cool J. This year’s tree is 27 feet wide and was just planted last year.

This year’s ceremony included performances by the U.S. Marine Band, Ariana DeBose, Shania Twain, the Estefans and others.

The tradition began in 1923 during President Calvin Coolidge’s administration, and is one of the ways the nation’s capital rings in the holiday season.

Read more from the tree lighting ceremony from The Associated Press here.

You can watch the lighting ceremony here.  CBS will air a special full broadcast of the National Christmas Tree Lighting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11.

See photos from the ceremony below.

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on Twitter and Instagram to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2022 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up