WASHINGTON (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas and Kermit the Frog are joining the lineup of performers who will help light the National Christmas Tree near the White House.
Carson Daly will host the lighting ceremony Thursday. Performers will also include Big Time Rush, Ellie Goulding, the band OneRepublic, country star Rodney Atkins and singer Marsha Ambrosius.READ MORE: Desperate To Find More Staff, Some Fast Food Restaurants Recruiting Customers
President Barack Obama and his family will officially light the tree. This will be the 89th year for the holiday tree lighting. The tradition began with President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.READ MORE: Federal Judge Clears Class-Action Lawsuit Against Florida On Juvenile Solitary Confinement
This is the first lighting of a new National Christmas Tree that was planted in March. It’s a 26-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce from a New Jersey tree nursery. Strong winds in February toppled the last tree that had stood on the Ellipse since 1978.MORE NEWS: Police Release Video Of 16-Year-Old Carlos Sanchez Alonso's Suspected Killer
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