Lottery opens for National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony
By Associated Press
The National Christmas Tree is illuminated on the Ellipse in Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2010. The White House is visible in the background. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The National Park Service is opening a lottery for free tickets to attend this year's National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington.
The online lottery for the ceremony, which is celebrating its 90th year, opens Thursday at 10 a.m. The lottery will close at 10 a.m. on Monday. Officials say there are 17,000 tickets available this year. That's 3,000 seats and 14,000 standing-room tickets.
This year's lighting is scheduled for Dec. 6. The president traditionally lights the tree along with his family.