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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place Friday afternoon.

The ceremony, which will take place on the Ellipse at 4:30 p.m., is open to ticketed quests. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and all ticket holders will enter from the west side at 17th Street.

The following streets will be closed for the ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m.:

  • 15th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue, NW to E Street, NW
  • 15th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW
  • 15th Street, NW and G Street, NW
  • 15th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • 15th Street, NW and F Street, NW
  • 15th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 17th Street, NW Northbound from Constitution Avenue, NW to State Place/New York Avenue, NW
  • 17th Street, NW from C Street, NW to E Street, NW
  • 18th Street, NW Eastbound from D Street to E Street, NW

No trucks will be allowed on Constitution Avenue, NW between 14th Street, NW & 17th Street, NW.

Officials say all attendees will be subject to thorough security screening and to allow extra time.

Umbrellas will be permitted because inclement weather is expected.

The following items are prohibited from the ceremony:

  • Firearms
  • Weapons of any type
  • Hazardous materials
  • Chemical materials
  • Radiological materials
  • Biological materials
  • Knives
  • Toy guns/toy weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Pepper spray/mace
  • Scissors
  • Razor blades
  • Needles
  • Leatherman brand tools (or similar)
  • Screwdrivers (or similar)
  • Glass bottles
  • Tripods
  • Coolers
  • Air-horns
  • Laser pointers
  • Aerosol containers
  • Soda cans
  • Sticks/poles
  • Baseballs, softballs, etc.
  • Animals (other than helper/guide dogs)


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