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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson will host National Christmas Tree Lighting

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The National Park Service announced today, Nov. 26, that husband and wife Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will host this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park in Washington D.C.

They’ll be joined by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their children to ring in the holiday season on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

The ceremony will also include performances by a host of musicians, including Patti LaBelle, SNe-Yo, Steve Miller, Nico & Vinz, Chely Wright, The Tenors, and Fifth Harmony. Tickets to attend the lighting, which will be the 92nd in a tradition that began under President Calvin Coolidge, will be available through a lottery.

The Christmas trees Hanks and Wilson will help light come from designs made by girls around the country through Google’s Made with Code project. The couple will also likely be staying in town for few days following the ceremony, as Hanks is one of the figures being recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 7.

For those who can’t make it, the National Park Service archives the event on its website.

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