Obamas set to light National Christmas Tree for final time

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Marian Robinson, Reese Witherspoon
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha, and Malia, and Michelle's mother Marian Robinson, react as they light the National Christmas Tree during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington in 2015. AP Photo.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are set to light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday evening during a ceremony where he’s expected to share a holiday message with the American people.

The lighting ceremony tradition began in 1923 and takes place in President’s Park, just south of the White House fence.

The host for this year’s ceremony is actress Eva Longoria.

Performers include Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Yolanda Adams, The Lumineers and James Taylor.

This year’s ceremony helps round out the National Park Service’s centennial year.

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