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List: Road closures due to DC's National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

We all know this is an event unique to the D.C. region, so if you have to drive to D.C. Thursday evening, it's time for you to search for alternate routes.

WASHINGTON — Expect major road closures and parking restrictions across D.C. ahead of the 99th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the ellipse near the White House Thursday night.

The line-up this year is insane! The event will be hosted by LL Cool J with holiday music from Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, Kristin Chenoweth, H.E.R., Patti Labelle and the Howard University Gospel Choir...just to name a few.

It will also be broadcast on WUSA9 on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m.

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The National Park Service and D.C. Police encourage commuters to allow extra time if planning to attend the event or reach their destination.

We all know this is an incredible event unique to the D.C. region, so if you have to drive to D.C. Thursday evening, it's time for you to search for alternate routes. Especially, streets near the White House.

Road Closures/Parking Restrictions

According to D.C. Police Department, the following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • 17th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Constitution Avenue between 18th Street and 14th Street, NW
  • 15th Street between H Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

The below streets will be closed to vehicle traffic from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • 17th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW
  • C Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • D Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • E Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • F Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • G Street between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • New York Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street, NW
  • Constitution Avenue between 18th Street and 14th Street, NW
  • 15th Street between H Street and Madison Drive, NW (Traffic will be allowed to flow south on 15th Street from Madison Drive, NW)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th Street and 15th Street, NW
  • E Street between 14th Street and 15th Street, NW
  • F Street between 14th Street and 15th Street, NW
  • G Street between 14th Street and 15th Street, NW
  • New York Avenue between 14th Street and 15th Street, NW

All cars that are parked in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed, police said. 

Street closures and listed times are subject to change depending on the event. While driving in the area, please be cautious of pedestrians.

For the latest information on traffic, click here.

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