Union Station Holiday Extravaganza and 22nd Annual Norwegian Tree Lighting Ceremony

The holiday season is upon us once again. So, what better way to kick off the festivities than to attend the Union Station holiday extravaganza and annual Norwegian tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 29th?

In continuation of a 22-year tradition, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, on behalf of the citizens of Norway, will present a holiday tree to the people of Washington, DC. This generous gift symbolizes gratitude for the assistance Norway received during WWII and appreciation for the strong friendship between the two countries.

The 32-foot tree will be decorated with recycled materials in an ocean theme, symbolizing the importance of sustainable management of the sea. After remarks from Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Kåre R. Aas, there will be performances by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir, the Howard University Gospel Choir, and more. Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make an appearance.

And, as if that was not enough, the finale of the program will be none other than a simulcast of the Yo-Yo Ma Bach Project concert from the National Cathedral.

This is a free event open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Come one, come all for this wondrous occasion.

You can read a press release about the event here.

This event is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce – Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Bach Project, and Union Station and is presented in association with Brightest Young Things, the Library of Congress, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and DC Public Library.