No live audience will be invited this year to watch the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, the National Park Service said this week, citing public health concerns over covid-19.

However, as with may other events that have been closed to live audiences this year, the ceremony will be available virtually, the park service said. It invited people to view the Dec. 3 event at

The lighting and performances would be available for streaming throughout the holiday season, the park service said.

It also said the tree would be illuminated throughout December, and visitors are invited to the site to view it and trees representing each state and territory and the District, decorated with ornaments designed by students from across the country.