- President Obama lights National Christmas Tree Updated: Dec-06-13 7:01 pm
- Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up Updated: Dec-04-13 10:52 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit. He later singled out Nelson Mandela, the beloved South African anti-apartheid leader who died Thursday, for special gratitude.
NEW YORK - With a flick of the switch, a 76-foot Norway Spruce officially became the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night after it was illuminated for the first time this holiday season in a ceremony that's been held since 1933.