The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the White House Ellipse on Thursday, November 30. 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 Ave and Constitution Ave, 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 (http://www.wmata.com/) 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 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting: http://thenationaltree.org
Metropolitan Police Department: "Traffic Advisory: 95th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting: https://mpdc.dc.gov/release/traffic-advisory-95th-annual-national-christmas-tree-lighting
WTOP "Major traffic congestion expected for Christmas tree lighting near White House”: https://wtop.com/christmas-news/2017/11/2017-national-christmas-tree-lighting-closures-traffic/slide/1/
Maryland Transit Administration “Update: National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov 30, 2017, Expect Delays”: https://mta.maryland.gov/content/update-national-christmas-tree-lighting-ceremony-nov-30-2017-expect-delays