national christmas tree lighting 2013

friday night was the national christmas tree lighting on the white house ellipse. i have been trying to get tickets for this event since I moved to d.c. in 2009 and my awesome boss i, was able to get me 2 tickets to this years!! you have to enter your name into a lottery to get tickets and after 4 years of having pretty much every one of my relatives enter their names in hopes of me getting one, i had still not been. when i first started my new job i asked my boss if he knew anyone that could help and thankfully he did!!

the lineup for the performances was great, jane lynch hosted and the performers included train, aretha franklin, mariah carey, arturo sandoval, joshua bell, and the avett brothers. it was so much fun, we had great seats so we could see the obama family light the tree up perfectly. the only downside of the whole night was the rain. it was so cold and it rained so hard the entire time. we were icicles by the end of the night but it was definitely worth it! because of the weather i didn’t get too many pictures but here are the ones i did get!

Train

train

National Tree and Aretha Franklin

aretha franklin

National Tree

the national christmas tree all lit up!

National Tree

me and the national tree

overall, even with the cold and terrible weather it was such a great time! i can’t wait to go again next year (hopefully i’ll be so lucky!) if you get the chance next year definitely try to work it into your holiday plans!