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Lottery for tickets to National Christmas Tree lighting opens Friday
Lottery for tickets to National Christmas Tree lighting opens Friday

If you have your heart set on traveling to Washington to watch President Obama flip the switch on the National Christmas Tree, you'll need tickets, even if you want to stand. The lottery for 17,000 free tickets to the Dec. 4 lighting starts Friday. Don't confuse this tree with the indoor White House Christmas tree; the U.S. Capitol's Christmas tree, which comes from a national forest and is transported many miles; or the nation's Christmas Tree, known to many as the General Grant Tree in Sequoia National Park. The Dec. 4 tree-lighting has been a presidential tradition since 1923, though the actual tree has changed over time. The tall Colorado blue spruce on the...

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