Every December, the White House is filled with holiday decorations: Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, colorful lights, gingerbread houses, and more.
Last year's theme was "Gifts from the Heart". The holiday decor featured a large gingerbread White House that recognized front-line workers who persevered through the coronavirus pandemic. The official Christmas tree in the Blue Room celebrated the gifts of peace and unity.
Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity. pic.twitter.com/fsaYFthIqH— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 29, 2021
Last year's White House Christmas tree was an 18-and-a-half-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms of Jefferson, North Carolina. First Lady Jill Biden continued the tradition of inspecting the tree as it arrived at the North Portico via horse and carriage. The grand tree was placed in the Blue Room of the White House and decorated with the theme "Gifts from the Heart".
Excited to share that the Official White House Christmas tree is up in the Blue Room! pic.twitter.com/od943V0k5Q— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 29, 2021
Every November, volunteers from across the country work diligently to decorate the White House for the holiday season. This is a tremendous effort by many dedicated and enthusiastic people. To get an idea of the amount of work involved, read this blog post or that blog post by former volunteers.
The East Colonnade is dedicated to gifts of service pic.twitter.com/b7PRMbmr3a— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
In the White House FLOTUS added children’s books. Decorations include stacks of books with butterflies made out of recycled paper pic.twitter.com/UHACCAgRaE— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
The Vermeil Room is dedicated to visual arts and decorations include paint brushes. Room inspired by the Alma Thomas painting pic.twitter.com/MIcKmz0WnT— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
In China Room, FLOTUS set table “nana style” with Obama china, flowers and candles. Wreaths are made of intertwining hands pic.twitter.com/zTYVeunQQY— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
Decorations in East Room include thank you cards and notes pic.twitter.com/4zExSYePhj— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
Trees in state dining room decorated with old photos of first families. Stockings on fireplace have names of Biden grandkids pic.twitter.com/pkFjrAPyhy— Emily Goodin (@Emilylgoodin) November 29, 2021
You can view the White House Christmas decorations in December
by signing up in advance for a White House tour. These tours are popular, so the sooner you submit your request, the better chance you will have to
tour the White House this holiday season.
Note: White House tours have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Current status: Call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041
The White House welcomed the holiday season with the traditional lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 2nd. You can watch the 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony here. The public was invited to visit the National Christmas Tree from Dec. 4, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022. (Sunday-Thursday: 10am -10pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am -11pm)