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About the show

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is a beloved American tradition featuring live musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The celebration dates back to President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Today the lighting ceremony is co-presented with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service and inspires visitors and viewers to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque during the holiday season.

The new National Christmas tree is a 30-foot Colorado blue spruce from Palmyra, Pa., and will be lit for the first time during this year’s ceremony. Fifty-six smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree will feature one-of-a-kind ornaments, representing every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

Meet the Cast

Jessie James Decker


Singer, songwriter, TV personality, fashion designer, beauty and lifestyle influencer/entrepreneur, and The New York Times best-selling author, Jessie James Decker has emerged as a multi-platform juggernaut the past five years, juggling fashion brands like her personally designed Kittenish line, successfully partnering with a leading makeup brand, and co-starring in her own hit reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On, on E!, alongside her husband, retired football star Eric Decker.

But it’s her passion for music that has made the multi-talented artist one of country music’s true breakout firebrands. The singer’s authentic style immediately captivated listeners everywhere on her 2009 self-titled debut, which yielded the gold-certified single “Wanted.” 2016’s Gold soared to #1 on iTunes Top Country Albums chart and took #5 on the Billboard Current Country Albums Chart. Hitting the road, she sold out every date of her tour. In 2017, her powerful live Blackbird Sessions EP clinched #2 on iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and #6 on the Overall Top Albums Chart. She was also tapped to host the Red Carpet at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in addition to landing features from the Los Angeles Times, DU Jour, People, Rolling Stone, Pop Sugar, E!, Access Hollywood, US Weekly, and more. She continued to keep it real with her Epic Records debut album, Southern Girl City Lights. Her second studio album, the release went live as the #1 Country Album on iTunes and arrived as a chart-topping entry on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Decker’s first #1 on that platform.

Colton Dixon


Colton Dixon quickly became a household name in 2012 when he was voted a fan favorite and made it to the top seven on Season 11 of Fox's hit show AMERICAN IDOL. His career has been on the fast track ever since, now boasting over 61 million streams. Dixon's 2013 debut, A Messenger, set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album by a new Christian artist.

Dixon is also a Steinway & Sons artist, following in the footsteps of legendary artists such as Harry Connick, Jr. and Billy Joel. Dixon's sophomore effort Anchor included the most played Hot AC single of 2014, “More Of You," which spent three weeks at No. 1, as well as "Through All of It," his fourth consecutive No. 1 at Hot AC Radio. In 2013, Dixon won a Dove Award for Best Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year, along with two additional nominations. In 2015, Anchor was honored with the Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Dixon received back-to-back K-LOVE Fan Award nominations for Male Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2015, followed by the release of his third studio album Identity, which included the top 5 single “All That Matters,” whose video was premiered by PEOPLE magazine. Dixon is currently writing and recording for a TBD 2020 release.

West Tennessee Youth Chorus


The West Tennessee Youth Chorus has charmed U.S. Presidents and local, national, and international dignitaries and leaders and wowed audiences with their angelic sound. They have been selected to perform in the most prestigious of venues and events to include being the featured ensemble to open the Presidential Christmas Tree Lighting (Lighting of the National Christmas Tree)-National Pageant of Peace for Presidents Clinton (2000) and invited a 2nd time for this same event at the White House for President Bush (2004). The WTYC has been awarded opportunities to perform at the High Altar of the Cathedral of Notre Dame-Paris, France, the Basilica San Marco-Venice, and Carnegie Hall.

The WTYC has served for 7 summers as the Host Choir for Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival, which is produced by founder/director Martha Wright and culminates with Crossroads Celebrity Concert held at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN. Tours include Austria, Germany, England, France, Italy, Hawaii, and New York.

The WTYC resume includes performances with many celebrities and artists from various genres-Ronnie Milsap, Sutton Foster, Riders in the Sky, Collin Raye, Irlene Mandrell, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Jamie O' Neal, Charlotte Church, Billy Gilman, the cast of Fosse, Kimberley Locke, Darren Holden, Carl Tanner, and Kallen Esperian. They have been accompanied by some of the finest of orchestral musicians such as the Memphis Symphony, members of the Nashville Symphony which make up the Crossroads Festival orchestra, the US Navy Band, and the US Marine Band.

Spensha Baker


Recording artist Spensha Baker is breaking barriers in country music, with a genre-defying sound infused with gospel roots. In Season 14 of The Voice on Team Blake, she was the first African-American country singer to make it to the Top 4. Her songs from the show consistently landed in the top 10 on iTunes, with her rendition of original song, Old Soul, hitting #1 on the country Charts and #3 on overall charts. A performer since the age of six, Spensha got her start in gospel music, making appearances on Christian Artist Talent Search and Star Search, before signing with Geffen Records to release her debut album, “Outloud!,” at the age of 15. With both of her parents being prior military veterans, Spensha spent most of her childhood moving constantly to different military bases developing a strong and committed love for God and country.

Chevel Shepherd


17-year-old Chevel Shepherd stands as living proof that big things sometimes come in small packages. Chevel won America’s hearts and the title of “Season 15 Winner” during her epic run on NBC’s The Voice, all under the guidance of American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Chevel aspires to follow the footsteps of Ms. Clarkson, working to emerge as a major recording artist and actress in her own right.

She was raised on country music and the outdoors in her hometown of Farmington, New Mexico - often doing crafts, feeding the animals and fixing up cars with her dad. Chevel has been singing for most of her life, and before auditioning for The Voice, and every Friday morning her parents would drive her to the radio station before school and she would sing live. As Chevel got older she sang everywhere taking every opportunity. She loves country music and feels so blessed to be living her dreams and spreading her love of music to all her fans. Chevel is now humbly pursuing her childhood dreams of singing at the Grand Ole Opry, winning Grammys, putting out albums, and touring nationally.

Tucson Arizona Boys Choir


Founded in 1939, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus celebrates its 80th Anniversary. It has earned the reputation as a premiere music education and performance organization of both classic boychoir repertoire as well as representing the diversity of the American Southwest.

Musicianship and citizenship in a professional atmosphere are the cornerstones of the program. The Chorus has garnered accolades through performances at the White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Beijing Institute of Culture, Russian Glinka Cappella, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Carnegie Hall.

Acknowledged for its long-term excellence, the Chorus received Arizona’s highest honor, The Governor’s Arts Award, for Arts in Education.

Boy choristers from Tucson participate in one of America’s longest lasting community choir programs. The Chorus has received international acclaim through concert tours, national television appearances and numerous recordings, as well as collaborations with major symphony orchestras and opera companies.

Max Impact Group


Max Impact is the premier rock band of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that form The U.S. Air Force Band. This six-piece band performs classic and current rock and country hits, as well as patriotic favorites and original music. Through national tours, local performances and digital audio and video recordings, Max Impact showcases Air Force excellence to millions each year. Back at home, they support events for the White House, State Department, Department of Defense and numerous other high-level military and civilian functions, using music to advance international diplomacy with America’s allies and strategic partners.