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Watch Obama's Final White House Christmas Tree Lighting

07 December 2016

Can't wait for the Hallmark Channel's broadcast of the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting and want to watch it live Thursday night?

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lead their final National Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. The tree was then located on the Ellipse south of the White House, and was a 48-foot Balsam fir tree. The president briefly spoke to the gathered crowd.

Tickets to the ceremony were required; they were available through a lottery held in October.

The ceremony also rounded out the National Park Service's Centennial year, which the president has touted all year long.

While that tree was planted on the Ellipse, another set of trees, albeit much smaller than the national tree, was being decorated in the White House Dining Room with a host of adornments, including a LEGO gingerbread house, CBS News reported.

It will be the 94th Annual Pageant of Peace Ceremony. She was joined in performances by singer-songwriter Marc Anthony, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, and country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

The 7.5-metre Norwegian tree was erected at the Market Cross at the weekend and it features loops of bright lights running vertically instead of being wrapped horizontally.