Enter to win free tickets to the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, during their lottery -- October 18-22! Create memories you'll never forget by being part of this time-honored tradition.

Every year, the National Christmas Tree on the White House Ellipse is the star of an elaborate lighting ceremony to kick of the holiday season. Join in the fun to watch live musical performances, admire the National Christmas Tree, and view the 56 smaller trees representing every U.S. State and territory. This year's ceremony will be held on November 28.

Tickets are free but only available through a lottery system which begins at 10 a.m. EDT on October 18, 2018. Visit www.recreation.gov to enter and use the "TICKET LOTTERY" link to complete an entry form. You can also call in to enter at (877) 444-6777. The lottery closes at 10 a.m. EDT on October 22, 2018, and winners will be notified on October 29. Anyone from all over the country can enter for a chance to win tickets!

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To learn more about the ceremony, visit the National Park Service website. You can also see pictures of past National Christmas Trees and learn more about its history here.

Did you know you can visit the tree? It is located at President's Park right by the White House in Washington, D.C., and will be lit for three weeks after the initial ceremony on November 28. Call (202) 208-1631 for more information on how to visit the National Christmas Tree this winter!

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