The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that hip-hop artist and actor Common will host the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. In addition, 10-year-old “America’s Got Talent” soprano prodigy Jackie Evancho and singer-songwriter Jim James, from rock group My Morning Jacket, will perform at the event where President Barack Obama and his family are expected to switch on the tree lights.
The actual event will take place Thursday, December 9th, at 5:00 pm ET on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, DC – just in front of the White House. The ceremony will be streamed live online at www.thenationaltree.org. It is being recorded to air on public television stations throughout the month of December. For example, WETA-TV Washington, DC will broadcast it the next day, Friday, December 10th, at 9:00 pm ET.
Common, Jackie Evancho and Jim James join previously announced artists including blues legend B.B. King, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles, and Grammy-award winning band Maroon 5 for the 87th anniversary of the event. The star-studded line up will offer a diverse and entertaining program of traditional holiday music and other surprises yet to be announced.
The 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the premier sponsor of the event.
Note: The photo from the National Park Service is of the 2007 tree, with the White House in the background.