Watch live video and replay of the 2016 the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday December 1 at The Ellipse at the White House. For the final time, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Family will take part in the annual festivities. See it in real time starting at 5 p.m. ET (GMT – 5) via the embedded live stream video player below. Thereafter check back for the full replay video, photos and transcript text of President Obama’s remarks.
UPDATE: Full replay video is below.
Check back for transcript.
The live stream video is above. As noted, the ceremony begins at 5 p.m. ET (UTC/GMT – 5). Use the World Clock to find the equivalent in time zone on Thursday, December 1 or Friday, December 2.
At the 94th annual ceremony, President Barack Obama will deliver remarks for the final time. First Lady Michelle Obama, and First Family, daughters Sasha and Malia will attend. The annual tradition began in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.
The lineup of musical performers and presenters includes James Taylor, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, The Lumineers, Eva Longoria Bastón, Marc Anthony, Afro Blue, The Airmen of Note and Manuel Simone Manuel.
The full program will be broadcast in the U.S. on the Hallmark Channel on December 5th at 7 p.m. ET. Get the full details and the history at the official Web site: thenationaltree.org.
Photo credit: White House screenshot via YouTube
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