PHOTOS: National Christmas Tree Lightings Through the Years

View photos of past star-studded National Christmas Tree lightings on the White House Ellipse.

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The 2017 National Christmas Tree is lit on the Ellipse with the White House in the background Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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The 2017 National Christmas Tree is lit on the Ellipse with the White House in the background Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, cheer after lighting the 2017 National Christmas Tree during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. With the president and the first lady are hosts for the event, Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain.
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The National Christmas Tree lights up as US President Barack Obama (R), and his family hit the switch, on Dec. 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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Crosby, Stills & Nash, Miss Piggy, Santa Claus, Andra Day, Aloe Blacc and Reese Witherspoon were on hand with President Barack Obama at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the White House's Ellipse, Dec. 3, 2015. The lighting of the tree is an annual tradition attended by the president and the first family. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Singer Andra Day performs during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, Dec. 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Obama family was all smiles at the 2015 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama joins the festivities on stage at the National Park Foundation and Google's "Made with Code" National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Google)
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President Barack Obama dances with Santa during the 2014 National Christmas Tree lighting. The tree lighting ceremony marks a month-long series of holiday events in President's Park at The White House. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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Patti LaBelle performs during the 2014 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, applaud after lightng the National Christmas Tree at a ceremony across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
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President Barack Obama, greets singer Mariah Carey an her daughter, Monroe, on stage at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
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From left, Santa, violinist and conductor Joshua Bell, soprano Renee Fleming, President Barack Obama, singer and musician Janelle Monae, and singer and songwriter Mariah Carey holding her daughter Monroe, dance with a young girl and the end of the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
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First lady Michelle Obama reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas" with muppet Abby Cadabby to children on stage during the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
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Singer and musician Aretha Franklin performs during the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
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Santa Claus joins President Barack Obama with actor Neil Patrick Harris, "Modern Family" actor Rico Rodriguez and Phillip Phillips, winner of "American Idol" Season 11, during the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2012. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Obama family lights the 90th National Christmas Tree during the Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse behind the White House on Dec. 6, 2012. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Phillip Phillips, winner of "American Idol" Season 11, performs at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse on Dec. 6, 2012. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, Santa Claus, Carson Daly, Kermit the Frog, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha sing a song during the National Christmas Tree light ceremony on Dec. 1, 2011 at the Ellipse. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Kermit the frog read a book to children during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 1, 2011 at the Ellipse. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Blues legend B.B. King headlines the entertainment performing for President Obama at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.
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A crowd gathers before the arrival of President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.
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First lady Michelle Obama and children look for Santa during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.
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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives with his daughters Sasha and Malia, mother-in-law Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 tree lighting, Dec. 9, 2010. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama presses the button to light the National Christmas Tree with daughters Malia and Sasha, and first lady Michelle during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse, Dec. 3, 2009. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the president . (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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First lady Michelle Obama reads the story "The Night Before Christmas" to children during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse, Dec. 3, 2009. This tree lighting was the Obama family's first since moving into the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, Dec. 4, 2008. The tree lighting was the highlight of an evening event that included roving carolers, urban dance, country music, and holiday tunes by the U.S. Army Band. The tree, a live 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was transplanted in 1978 from York, Pennsylvania, to its present site on the Ellipse. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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First lady Laura Bush particpates in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House, Dec. 4, 2008. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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President George W. Bush; First Lady Laura; Brianna Kinder, 11, of Kensington, Maryland; Damarcus Hawkins, 10, of Washington, D.C., and actor Brad Oscar dressed as Santa Claus wave on stage during the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony at the Ellipse, Dec. 6, 2007. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, Dec. 6, 2007. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
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President Bush, center, and first lady Laura Bush, right, joined performers in singing Christmas carols during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Performers that year included B.J. Thomas, left, Eartha Kitt, Cathy Rigby and Brad Oscar, dressed as Santa Claus.
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Cathy Rigby (L), Eartha Kitt (R), and Brad Oscar (dressed as Santa Claus, C) performed during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in Washington.
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The National Christmas Tree is lit at the Ellipse, near the White House, left, back on Dec. 7, 2006. The lighting of the National Christmas Tree is an unbroken tradition which begun in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first tree in the President's Park on behalf of all Americans.
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President George W. Bush sings Christmas carols with Attiyah Jenkins (L), Eartha Kitt (2L), Cathy Rigby (3R), Brad Oscar dressed as Santa Claus (2R) and Stephen Scott after the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, Dec. 7, 2006. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Michael Cruse holds Dexter as they visit the 81st National Christmas Tree, Dec. 2, 2004 on the Ellipse. President George W. Bush turned on the switch for the lights on the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce tree during the annual event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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President George H.W. Bush sang Christmas carols with Phillip Griffith (L), cast member from the Broadway Musical "Mama Mia," at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Dec. 4, 2003.
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President George W. Bush speaks during a lighting ceremony for the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, Dec. 5, 2002. President Bush officially opened the 79th annual Christmas Pageant of Peace. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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