President Obama Lights the National Christmas Tree

Posted on December 7, 2013

Jane Lynch hosted the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Thousands turned out in the pouring rain to watch President Barack Obama and his family light the tree which is in President's Park, just outside the White House gates. The event featured quite a lineup of performers, including Joshua Bell, Mariah Carey, Renée Fleming, Forte, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration. In this clip, the President lights the tree and Mrs. Obama reads "The Night Before Christmas" with a little Muppet help. Take a look: