National Christmas Tree Lighting live online today

Crowds on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., wat...

Crowds on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., watch the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, attended by President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Thursday evening, Dec. 7, 2006, during the 2006 Christmas Pageant of Peace. White House photo by Paul Morse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on the Ellipse in front of the White House on Friday, December 6, 2013 starting at 4:30pm ET. President Obama and the First Lady will light the tree. Featured performers include Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, among many others.

Should you go in person? If you have VIP tickets, yes. If you don’t have tickets, no! It will be very hard to see anything, the crowds and traffic will not make you feel very Christmas-y, and on top of that, the forecast is for rain.

My Cool Yule Tip: watch it live online, instead:  http://thenationaltree.org/2013-national-tree-lighting-show

Or watch it on public television, where the program will be aired throughout December.

Oh, and this is new: the tree itself has a Twitter profile! Follow @theNationalTree for fun updates.

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