Five Things: October 25, 2022

The National Tree from a Christmas past.


1. The lottery for tickets to the 100th National Christmas Tree Lighting opens today!  Starting at 10am through November 1 at 10am, you can submit your entry for a chance to win tickets. This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30 at 5pm.  And in case you’re unfamiliar with this DC holiday tradition, here’s the scoop: Every year, the National Christmas Tree is illuminated at President’s Park on the Ellipse in a big ceremony  presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. The President of the United States delivers a message of peace, big-name entertainers perform, and the whole event is televised (and webcast) for the world to witness. And every year, tickets to the ceremony are issued to the public via an online lottery. To enter the lottery, go to, scroll down, and click Lotteries.  Be sure to apply for enough tickets, as every attendee, including children, must have one. You’ll find out whether or not you are successful in scoring tickets on  November 8.


2. A couple of fun, FREE ways to entertain kiddos this Friday, October 28…

* Join the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for a Fall Festival on Wilson Plaza from 10am – 1pm. Activities will include a hay bale maze, face painting, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, a “Baby Jam” music class with the National Children’s Museum, strolling characters, and more.

* Go to the USDA Farmers Market for their annual Harvest Festival, an event celebrating the end of the market season.  Along with the weekly offerings, there will be exhibitors, charities, and family-friendly activities, including a face painter, petting zoo, pumpkin picking and decorating, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin themed recipe demonstrations at the VegU tent.  Enjoy it all from 9am – 2pm.


3.  With Halloween happening next Monday, this coming weekend (and even this week) is jam-packed with events that celebrate it.  Get a jump start on planning for it with the round-up of wicked fun ways to celebrate.


4. The Washington Post recently published an enlightening article about kids clothing waste and how to cut down on it.


5. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous…” 👏👏👏



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One Response to Five Things: October 25, 2022

  1. Theresa

    Thanks so much for the Holiday lighting info! I always wanted to go, but never think to look it up ahead of time!

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