Holiday Celebration at Union Station

03 Dec 2019
  • Where: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
  • When: 3. Dec 2019, 18:00 - 20:00
  • What: 23rd Annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting
Illustration of Holiday Celebration at Union Station

The Norwegian Christmas tree at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station will remain on display through January 3, 2020.

Following is information about the tree and the tree-lighting ceremony that took place Dec. 3, 2019.

In one of Washington’s most popular holiday traditions, which began in 1997, Norway will present a Christmas tree to the people of Washington, D.C., in recognition of the strong friendship between Norway and the United States, and in gratitude for America’s assistance during and after World War II. The theme for this year’s tree is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals address the challenges we face as a global community and the 2030 target for achieving them. Specially designed ornaments and signage will represent the goals.

This beloved holiday event, which attracted 5,000 guests in 2018, is presented free to the public and will feature performances by The String Queens, whose members have collaborated with artists such as Ledisi, Janelle Monáe, and Common, and the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir.

Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid Atlantic Chapter, Inc, Union Station, Washington D.C., and WHUR 96.3

Free, registration encouraged: bit.ly/UnionStationHoliday-19
Family-friendly • This event is standing-room only.

To request ADA accommodations, please contact (202) 785-9727 or [email protected] ASL interpreters will be available at this event.


The 2019 Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting is made possible by Equinor, Kongsberg Gruppen, Nammo Inc., Innovation Norway, Insitu Inc., BAO Systems, FLIR, and Mars Arts D.C., a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.