National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Season

First tree lighting in the area

By Nancy Norman
|  Thursday, Nov 18, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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The first tree lighting in the area kicked off holiday festivities at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor.

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The first big tree lighting in the area kicked off the holiday season at the Gaylord Conference Center.

It was Christmas on the Potomac at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md., with about 700 people celebrating the early festivities.

The unique tree weighs 7,000 and is made up of 200 individual pieces of glass shaped into leaves of holly. The entire tree is suspended from the ceiling.  The tree lighting was set off by a backdrop of fireworks.

The Grinch, the classic Dr. Seuss character, was the star of the show. He showed off his more cheerful side.

Afterward, everyone bundled up and took a tour through the Grinch-themed ICE show. This year’s ICE show takes visitors on a tour through “Whoville,” and those who are game can go down an icy slide.


 

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