Your Tree Lighting Trip Guide

A DC holiday tradition, the National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place Thursday near the White House. So, whether you were lucky enough to score tickets to the event or just want to get home without a hassle, here are some tips for navigating the evening.


The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5pm and should last until around 7pm.


Be prepared for longer ETAs, especially during the evening rush due to road closures associated with the event.


There are several road closures of streets surrounding the event. Most begin at 2:30pm and last until 7pm:

  • 17th St NW, from Independence Ave to New York Ave NW
  • 15th St NW, from Independence Ave to E St NE
  • Constitution Ave, from 14th St to 18th St NW

The following stretches will be closed from 4:30pm until 7pm:

  • Pennsylvania Ave, from 14th St to 15th St NW
  • 15th St NW, from Independence Ave to New York Ave NW

Remember, the streets will be full of more than just holiday cheer. Confirm your driver’s car model and license plate in the app before you hop in your ride. And if you’re still not sure, you can always text or call your driver.


If you’re heading to the 7pm Capitals game, be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to Verizon Center.

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