The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the White House Ellipse on Wednesday, November 28. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.
Road closures for this event are expected to be in place from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Roads closed for vehicular traffic are as followed:
- 17th Street, NW between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW
- E Street, NW between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
- New York Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
Metrobus is expecting detours and service disruption in the area. Check Metro's website for information.
Because of the heavy pedestrian crowds associated with this event, motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling in these areas.
The following sites are provided for your reference:
- The 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting: https://thenationaltree.org/
- Metropolitan Police Department: "Traffic Advisory: 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: https://mpdc.dc.gov/release/traffic-advisory-2018-national-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony
- WTOP: National Christmas Tree lighting expected to bring messy commute: https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2018/11/lump-of-coal-national-christmas-tree-lighting-also-brings-messy-commute/
- Maryland Transit Administration "Commuter Bus Afternoon D.C. Routes Diversion due to 2018 National Tree Lighting Ceremony: https://mta.maryland.gov/content/commuter-bus-afternoon-dc-routes-diversions-due-2018-national-tree-lighting-ceremony