White House Christmas Tours

White house Christmas nativity scene - creche

Christmas at the White House

Every December, the White House is filled with holiday decorations: Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, colorful lights, gingerbread houses, and more. A team of volunteers from across the country work diligently in late November to get the White House ready for the very popular public White House holiday tours.

The 2017 theme was "Time Honored Traditions" and featured 53 Christmas trees with over 12,000 ornaments, 18,000 feet of Christmas lights, 71 wreaths, and a 350 pound Gingerbread house. Continuing an annual tradition for over 45 years, the White House Crèche, an 18th century terra cotta and wood nativity scene, was displayed in the East Room.

White House Christmas Tour Booklet

The White House welcomes more than 25,000 public tour guests every year to view the beautiful holiday decorations. Visitors receive an official White House Holiday Tour booklet.

White House Christmas Tour Photos

White House holiday tour

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White House Christmas Tour Tickets

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.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The White House welcomed the 2017 holiday season with the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 30th. Tickets were distributed by lottery in mid October.

For more about the lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, go here.

National Christmas Tree - The White House - 2017