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The annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony returns to an in-person event at Union Station this year, December 8, 5PM. A consortium of partners, including the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce—Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Washington Performing Arts, and Union Station, will present the annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting to the people of Washington, D.C. This beloved holiday event kicks off the Christmas season with festive music, special guests, and of course, the lighting of the magnificent Norwegian Christmas Tree. This year’s performance line-up – co-presented by Mars Arts D.C. and the Royal Norwegian Embassy – will include musical performances by Norwegian-Brazilian jazz singer Charlotte Dos Santos, cross-genre vocalist and past contestant on The Voice Rayshun LaMarr, and D.C.-based string ensemble The C Street Collective and a dance performance by local teenage dance virtuoso Matthew Crittenden.

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.

This event is free to the public.

For ADA accommodations, please contact PatronServices@washingtonperformingarts.org.

The 2021 Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting is made possible by, Equinor, Kongsberg, Nammo, Lockheed Martin, Teledyne Flir, Insitu, DNV, Innovation Norwayand, and Mars Arts D.C., a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.