The First Family with 2011 host Carson Daly at last year's National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Thursday night's National Christmas Tree Lighting event will gather the Obama family, host Neil Patrick Harris, a bevy of musical performers -- and more than 17,000 guests.
As you might imagine, the traffic situation might not be pretty.
Metro is cautioning bus riders that they could face delays downtown and around the White House due to the event, which officially begins at 4:30 p.m. -- but crowds will be gathering much earlier.
If you're heading to the event, WMATA recommends taking Metrorail to a station away from the downtown core and walking to the Ellipse.
The following street closures are expected from 4:15 to 7 p.m:
Metro says the following streets will be affected:
And the following Metrobus routes could face delays and detours:
3Y, 11Y, 16Y, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 80, D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1, X2, X9
See more about the tree lighting event here.
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