B.B. King, Maroon 5 Headline Christmas Tree Ceremony

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    Blues and maroons will highlight this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    The National Park Service said blues legend B.B. King, singer-songwriter and pianist Sarah Bareillies and the band Maroon 5 will perform at this year's event.  The tree lighting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m.

    About 13,000 people are expected to crowd on to the Ellipse at President's Park to usher in the holiday season.  The Park Service said it will announce more performers and special guests soon.

    On Friday morning, the NPS opened a lottery for tickets to the event.  About 3,000 tickets are available for seats and 10,000 standing room tickets are also part of the lottery.  You have until midnight on Sunday, Nov. 7, to enter.  Click here to enter.  The Park Service will start notifying winners next Wednesday.


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