Street Closures, Parking Restrictions, and Metrobus Detours for National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, December 6

Tree lighting
December 5, 2013 5:26 p.m.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony near the White House will begin at 4:30 p.m. with street closures expected between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The following streets are expected to be closed:
   •  15th Street NW from Constitution Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave.
   •  17th Street NW from Constitution Ave. to New York Ave.

In addition, Constitution Ave. NW between 15th and 17th streets may be closed if necessary.

Traffic impacts are expected to affect:
   •  18th Street NW
   •  13th Street NW
   •  14th Street NW
   •  H Street NW
   •  I Street NW
   •  K Street NW

Metrobus is expecting detours and service disruptions in the area.

Travel Tips
   •  All bus routes beginning, ending or passing through the Downtown area may be subject to delays or detours as a result of this event.
   •  Specific detour information will be provided to customers via MetroAlerts email and text messages.  Sign up at

Due to the heavy pedestrian crowds associated with this event, motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling in these areas. In addition, those wishing to attend this event are encouraged to use public transportation.

Check Metro’s website for additional information:

For more information on the National Christmas Tree, visit: