Thursday, November 25, 2021

Get Out! And See the Tree Lighting at CityCenterDC on Saturday & the National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse on Sunday

Image: City Center DC

by Peggy Robin

We have TWO events to highlight in this week's "Get Out" column. First, the City Center tree lighting on Saturday starting at 6 PM:

Eighth Annual 
Holiday Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with the CityCenterDC Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 27 at 6 p.m. in The Park at CityCenter. Visitors will be met by our 75-foot tree, one of the largest in the city, decorated with more than 150,000 lights and 4,500 ornaments.The festivities will be emceed by NBC 4 Anchor Eun Yang, with a special performance by Elan Artists seven piece dance band, The Revels. While enjoying the spectacle of the tree, guests will be surrounded by face painting and balloon art, sweet and savory treats from CityCenterDC favorites, and a few surprises along the way that will have everyone dreaming of a whimsical snow-filled holiday.

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And on Sunday, November 28, the lighting of the National Menorah on the Ellipse:

National Menorah on the Ellipse 2021
by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad)

Date and time: Sun, November 28, 2021, 3:15 PM – 5:45 PM EST
Location: The Ellipse View Map


The United States Air Force Band
The Three Cantors

Packaged Donuts
Dreidels and Personal Menorah Kits
Fun for the whole Family

Free Admission

Perhaps the most prominent public Chanukah program in the world is the annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah on the Ellipse, just across from the White House in Washington, DC.

The lighting of this magnificent menorah – the world’s largest – is attended by thousands every year and seen via TV newscasts, internet feeds and other media by tens of millions across the nation and around the world.

Indeed, this menorah has become a premier national and even international symbol of the festival of Chanukah, inspiring many communities across the globe to sponsor more and greater public menorah lighting ceremonies of their own. After all, this is the essence of the celebration – to increasingly proclaim and celebrate the miracle of Chanukah – The Festival of Lights, in the most public manner possible.

In this way, we actively reaffirm the celebration of our freedom, inspired by the historic and present victory of right over might, light over darkness, and understanding and justice over intolerance and bigotry.

An opportunity to support this completely privately sponsored program is available when obtaining your (free) tickets.
Due to Covid-19, and to help ensure the wellbeing of those in attendance, we will be implementing social distancing and other preventive protocols. If you will be attending with other family members, who live in the same household, please indicate so on your ticket request, so you can sit together.

By attending the event you will be confirming (a) you do not currently have COVID-19 (b) you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and (c) you have not been in contact with anyone that has been experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 within 7 days of the event.

Finally, we respectfully request that you request tickets only if you are sure you will attend, as we must severely reduce the amount of seats available this year. We wouldn’t want anyone who wishes to attend to miss out because their seats were taken by those who ultimately did not show up.

The "Get Out!" column with the featured event(s) of the week is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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