National Christmas Tree: Washington, D.C.
The lighting of a National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., has been a
tradition since 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot
Balsam fir donated by the President of Middlebury College in
Vermont. Today, thousands gather to watch the tree lighting ceremony in
President's Park, just south of the White House. Surrounding the
National Christmas Tree is the "Pathway of Peace" -- 56 smaller
decorated trees representing the 50 states, five territories and the
District of Columbia.