2014 National Christmas Lighting at the Ellipse


Actor Tom Hanks and singer-songwriter and actress Rita Wilson co-hosted the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at the Ellipse, where the first family lit the tree around 5 p.m. Wilson also performed during the show. Hanks did a little schtick with President Obama about a possible film the two of them could do after he leaves office: cops by day; NBA basketball players by night. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Ne-Yo, platinum-selling artist Steve Miller, and country star Chely Wright joined pop phenomenon Fifth Harmony, Grammy-winning legend Patti LaBelle, pop world duo Nico & Vinz, and award-winning vocal group the Tenors in performing a collection of holiday favorites. With first lady Michelle Obama, Little League star Mo’Ne Davis read “The Night Before Christmas” to children. At the end, all were stage — first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama — where the president high-fived Santa Claus.

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