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November 27, 2006

The National Tree is here!

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The National Christmas Tree arrived at the Ellipse today!

Shipped in from Washington State, this year's tree - a 65-ft. Pacific Silver Fir - will be decorated with 10,000 lights and 3,000 ornaments made by school children, and will be officially lit next Wednesday, December 6 at 5 p.m., during the annual Pageant of Peace celebration. Per tradition, the free tix have already been distributed by the National Park Service, in early November. (Sorry, but they've long since been claimed, and there are none issued on the day of the event.)

Even if you missed out on this year's ticket distribution for the Pageant, you should still take the little ones to visit the National Tree, which will be illuminated every evening from dusk to 11 p.m., December 7-January 1. Plus, virtually every night in December a local musical group will entertain visitors - No tix required! And as I recall, there are typically vendors selling hot chocolate, cider, etc.

Heads Up: Naturally, parking is very limited. After 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, there is some limited parking along Constitution Ave. between 15th and 17th Sts., and all day on the weekends. But metro is your best bet - the stops closest to the Ellipse are Metro Center, Federal Triangle, and McPherson Square.

Posted by Sarah at 3:00 PM.