Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Win tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree

The tradition of lighting a national Christmas tree dates to 1923, when it was illuminated by President Calvin Coolidge. (Bill O’Leary/The Post)
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas: The National Park Service has announced that the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1., which is just six weeks away. (No wonder they’re already playing Christmas music at our local Caribou Coffee.)

Free tickets will be given away through an online lottery at Sign up anytime between at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, and 9:59 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 for the chance to win. (Tickets will be mailed by Nov. 14.)

Three thousand seated tickets and 14,000 standing-room-only tickets will be available for the ceremony. No details are available about the concert that traditionally accompanies the event; last year’s performers included B.B. King and Maroon 5.

This will be the first lighting of the tree that is currently planted on the Ellipse; the last tree, which had been planted in 1978, was toppled by high winds back in February.

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