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Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Performance Information

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6pm in the Main Hall of Union Station, a consortium of partners, including the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce—Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Washington Performing Arts, Union Station, and exclusive media partner WHUR 96.3 FM, will present the annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting to the people of Washington, D.C. This beloved holiday event, which attracted 5,000 guests in 2018, is presented free to the public and will feature performances by The String Queens, whose members have collaborated with artists such as Ledisi, Janelle Monáe, and Common, and the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir.

In one of Washington’s most popular holiday traditions, which began in 1997, Norway will present a Christmas tree to the people of Washington, D.C., in recognition of the strong friendship between Norway and the United States, and in gratitude for America’s assistance during and after World War II. The theme for this year’s tree is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals address the challenges we face as a global community and the 2030 target for achieving them. Specially designed ornaments and signage will represent the goals. 


For ADA accommodations, please contact (202) 785-9727 or ticketservices@washingtonperformingarts.org. ASL interpreters will be available at this event.

Media Partner: WHUR 96.3FM

The 2019 Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting is made possible by Equinor, Kongsberg Gruppen, Nammo Inc., Innovation Norway, Insitu Inc., BAO Systems, and FLIR, and Mars Arts D.C., a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.