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National Christmas Tree Lightings: Press Album

  • National Christmas Tree Lighting, Coolidge Administration
    Unknown
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph is of crowds gathered around the National Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve in 1923, during President Calvin Coolidge's first Christmas in office. Over 6,000 visitors came to see the lighting ceremony followed by the singing of carols and a performance from the United States Marine Band.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting, Coolidge Administration
    Unknown
    holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph is of President Calvin Coolidge lighting the National Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve 1923. Since 1923, the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree has become a treasured holiday tradition in Washington D.C.
  • Crowds Seated in Front of the White House Christmas Tree
    Abbie Rowe
    holidays
    Christmas
    South View
    This is a photograph of crowds gathered for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony taken by Abbie Rowe, December 17, 1941. Rowe, of the National Park Service, was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • Crowds at the White House Sing Carols During the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Abbie Rowe
    holidays
    Christmas
    This is a photograph taken by National Park Service Photographer Abbie Rowe of crowds singing Christmas carols during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Christmas Eve 1944. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • Band plays at the South Lawn National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Abbie Rowe
    holidays
    Christmas
    military
    entertainment
    This is a photograph taken by National Park Service photographer, Abbie Rowe, of the United States Marine Band playing during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 24, 1944. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the crowd by radio from his home in Hyde Park, New York. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting
    Underwood & Underwood
    Christmas
    First Family
    holidays
    In this black and white photograph, Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting on December 24,1933. The first lady of the country has served as the honorary National President of the Girl Scouts ever since Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, began the tradition in 1917. Accompanying Mrs. Roosevelt are President Roosevelt and their granddaughter, “Sistie” (Anna Eleanor) Dall.
  • President Truman Lights the 1947 Christmas Tree
    Abbie Rowe
    Christmas
    holidays
    Head of State
    In this photograph, National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe captures President Harry S. Truman as he lights the National Christmas tree on December 24, 1947. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting 1954
    Abbie Rowe
    holidays
    Christmas
    This is a photograph of workers dressed as elves leading Santa's sleigh down the Ellipse as part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting festivities taken by Abbie Rowe, on December 17, 1954. Rowe, of the National Park Service, was a prolific photographer providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • 1953 National Christmas Tree Lighting
    Abbie Rowe
    Christmas
    holidays
    Head of State
    In this photograph, National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe captures President Dwight Eisenhower at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony taken December, 24, 1953. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting 1965
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    holidays
    Christmas
    South View
    This is a photograph taken of the National Christmas Tree in December 1965, by National Geographic Service photographer Joseph Scherschel. The tree was a 70 foot spruce from the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. This was the first time a Native American tribe donated a tree for the ceremony.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson Lights the National Christmas Tree
    George Szabo
    Christmas
    holidays
    U.S. Marine Band
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson speaking at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was taken by George Szabo on December 18, 1964. Johnson told the spectators: "By his inventions, man has made war unthinkable, now and forevermore. Man must, therefore, apply the same initiative, the same inventiveness, the same determined effort to make peace on earth eternal and meaningful for all mankind." The tree was a seventy-two foot Adirondack white spruce wrapped in 7,500 lights, 5,000 ornaments, and topped with a cross.
  • National Christmas Tree, Johnson Adminstration
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    holidays
    South View
    South Grounds
    Christmas
    snow
    This photograph of the lit National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse was taken by Joseph J. Scherschel in December 1966 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. The tree was a cut, 65-foot red fir from California. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Calvin Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C.
  • National Christmas Tree, Johnson Adminstration
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    holidays
    South View
    South Grounds
    Christmas
    snow
    This photograph of the lit National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse was taken by Joseph J. Scherschel in December 1966 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. The tree was a cut, 65-foot red fir from California. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Calvin Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C.
  • Amy Benham Lighting National Christmas Tree
    Pete Souza
    Christmas
    event
    holidays
    children
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan and Amy Benham was taken on December 15, 1983. Benham, a resident of Washington state, suffered from Hodgkin's lymphoma and used her Make-A-Wish Foundation wish to help President Reagan turn on the National Community Christmas Tree.
  • National Christmas Tree
    Terry J. Adams
    holidays
    Christmas
    South View
    This is a photograph taken of the National Christmas Tree during December 1995 by National Park Service photographer Terry Adams. The tree was a living Colorado Spruce donated by Pennsylvania in 1978. For the first time, the lights were powered by solar energy.
  • President and Mrs. Clinton at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Unknown
    Christmas
    holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton was taken during the National Christmas tree lighting ceremony in December 1993. The Clintons appear in the foreground, surrounded by photographers. The tree lighting tradition first began in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a forty-eight foot fir tree on the Ellipse, with musical accompaniment by a local choir and the members of the U.S. Marine Band.
  • National Christmas Tree, 2009
    Chuck Kennedy
    holidays
    Christmas
    In this photograph, the White House serves as a backdrop for the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Since the Coolidge administration, the National Christmas tree has been an important part of holiday celebrations in Washington, D.C. and each year its lighting ceremony draws hundreds of spectators.
  • Grand Finale at the 2016 Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    This photograph was taken on December 1, 2016 at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The celebration took place on the Ellipse near the South Grounds of the White House. In this photograph, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama are joined for the grand finale by the event's hostess, actress Eva Longoria, and performers James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Chance the Rapper, Marc Anthony, and The Lumineers. The event marked the eighth and final lighting for President Barack Obama and his family.
  • Chance the Rapper Performs at 2016 Tree Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Christmas
    In this photograph, musician Chance the Rapper performs at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 1, 2016. The event was hosted by actress Eva Longoria and also included performances by James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, and The Lumineers. The celebration took place on the Ellipse near the South Grounds of the White House and marked the eighth and final lighting for President Barack Obama and his family.
  • National Christmas Tree
    Unknown
    holidays
    Christmas
    South View
    This is a photograph of the National Christmas tree on December 19, 1972. The tree was a 70-75-foot Engelmann spruce from Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming and it was decorated with both green and transparent bulbs.
  • Barbara Bush Tops the National Christmas Tree
    Unknown
    First Family
    Christmas
    holidays
    This photograph show First Lady Barbara Bush in a cherry picker placing a star at the top of the National Christmas Tree. She is joined by her granddaughter Marshall Walker.