LL Cool J hosting 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting in DC

The date is set for one of the District’s most celebrated occasions.

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The holiday season in the nation’s capital will begin Thursday, Dec. 2, with the 99th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse in President’s Park.

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Rap legend LL Cool J will host the event, and he will be joined by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris and Patti LaBelle.

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The National Christmas Tree site is free and open to the public.

The site will be open from Dec. 4 through Jan. 1, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday through Saturday.