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National Christmas Tree Lighting Lottery Opens Oct.12

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    National Christmas Tree Lighting Lottery Opens Oct.12
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    People attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol December 7, 2010 in Washington, DC.

    If you are looking for a tree-mendous activity to add to your holiday calendar, look no further.

    The 95th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park. Free tickets will be awarded through an online lottery, which will open at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and closes at 10 a.m. Oct. 16. 

    Last year’s ceremony featured performances by Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks and several others. Information on this year’s performers and special guests will be released at a later date, according to the National Parks Service, which co-presents the event with the National Park Foundation.

    Lottery winners will be notified on Oct. 30. But if you're not lucky enough to get a ticket, the ceremony will be aired on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 4.

    The annual tradition dates back to 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot fir decked out with 2,500 electric bulbs.