WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nations capital.
The 30-foot tree is decorated with 50,000 lights and 450 giant white star ornaments. The National Park Service planted the tree in Presidents Park, just south of the White House, in late October.
The previous tree, a Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, was planted in 2012, but it was damaged last year when a man tried to climb it.
Its the 97th straight year that the sitting president has participated in the lighting ceremony.
This years celebration included performances by Jessie James Decker, Spensha Baker, Colton Dixon, the Air Force rock band Max Impact, Chevel Shepherd, Tucson Boys Chorus, the United States Marine Band, and West Tennessee Youth Chorus.