The National Christmas Tree (R) lights up with the White House in the background. The National Christmas Tree lighting tradition, now in it's 95th year and started by President Calvin Coolidge, kicks off the holiday season in the nation's capital. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
The Beach Boys perform Christmas music during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree ceremony. Other performers included Craig Campbell, Wynonna Judd, Boys II Bow Ties, The Texas Tenors, Jack Wagner, the U.S. Navy Band, Mannheim Steamroller, Us the Duo and Steve Gibson. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
President Donald Trump told the crowd, "We want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year. Have unbelievable holidays. And we are now going to light a very beautiful tree." Photo by Al Drago/UPI
(L-R) Tiffany Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, White House adviser, Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, and their children Theodore, Joseph, and Arabella, wait for the lighting ceremony. Photo by Al Drago/UPI
President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump speak with National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds, during the lighting ceremony. The event is organized by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. Photo by Al Drago/UPI
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