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

by Prince Of Petworth December 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm 26 Comments

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”

  • John

    I suggested a tree there last year. Glad it’s happening an annual tree there could really draw xmas shoppers.

  • El Gringo

    Great photos Mr. T!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like public space being used for religious celebrations much. As far as they go, a Christmas tree is relatively harmless, but still, it is a CHRISTmas tree.

    • anon

      *Someone* is getting a stocking full of coal this year!

    • Chad Gorlic

      I sure hope that this Christmas tree doesn’t forcefully turn you into a Christian, against your will.

      • Anonymous

        It won’t, but I still don’t like my tax dollars being spent on a religion I don’t subscribe to.

        • Chad Gorlic

          Your tax dollars are probably spent on a lot of crap you don’t subscribe to.

          • Why


        • Anonymous

          Fortunately, it wasn’t your tax dollars. Someone donated the tree.

      • Aaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Scrooge

      Well I hope you plan on protesting the federal holiday on Dec. 25 called “Christmas” by working that day.

      • Anonymous

        I will be working on the 25th actually. Soup kitchen duty.

  • WDC

    Awww, MAN! Stupid office holiday party interfering with stuff. I would have loved to take my kid to the CH tree lighting. She is SO into all the lights that are going up.

    To folks who have decorated for Christmas: Thanks! You made the little one’s day… over and over again, the whole drive home.

    • Anonymous

      Why do you have to go to the office holiday party?

    • Anonymous

      Also, if you don’t mind venturing out of CoHi there are other tree lightings to be found.

  • DCster

    I’m glad they’re having a holiday tree in Columbia Heights – thanks for suggesting it PoP. There is no need to emphasize the religion of the tree, let people think of it as they like. It beats having an empty plaza IMO.

  • Anonymous

    So happy that the CH plaza is getting a tree. It is really becoming an established neighborhood.

    • djdc

      What? It’s been a neighborhood for over a hundred years.

  • Anonymous

    While at it, why not decorate the light posts as well 🙂

  • andy

    can’t understand why the Christmas tree ceremony has to be held at the height of rush hour during the middle of the workweek – wouldn’t kill them to move it to a weekend?


  • Anonymous

    Wait, didn’t I read in an email that Obama had changed the name to the National Holiday Tree?


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