Dear PoP – “National Christmas Tree Lighting today” + Columbia Heights Hosting One Monday

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoP,

Do you or other readers know any details about the Tree Lighting today? I was lucky enough to get tickets. How long will the event last? Any tips for navigating the crowds? Can i get there at 4:30 and find a space?”

Anyone who went last year or a previous year have any advice? How long do the performances last? Regarding transit, personally if I were driving – I’d park very far away though if at all possible I’d bundle up and walk to metro.

Dr. Gridlock from Washington Post says:

The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse, south of the White House. According to the District Department of Transportation, the following streets will be closed beginning about 4:30 p.m. through the end of the event:
— 15th Street from Pennsylvania/E Street NW to Constitution Avenue.
— 17th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution.

Parking will be restricted on 15th and 17th streets from Pennsylvania to Constitution from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Dr. Gridlock advises that the best best for those with tickets to the ceremony is to take Metrorail to McPherson Square, Farragut North, Farragut West, Federal Triangle or Metro Center.”

You can see all the performers here and you can also catch the broadcast online here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

And for those that can’t make it/didn’t get tickets – catch the Columbia Heights Christmas Tree Inaugural Lighting on Monday. From an email:

“The inaugural Columbia Heights Christmas tree will be lit on Monday, December 13. Everyone is invited to this neighborhood event!

Performances from local school choirs! Hot chocolate! Holiday cheer!

Where: Columbia Heights Plaza, 14th and Kenyon Streets NW
When: Monday, December 13, 6:00pm”

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