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November 30, 2016

Viewers at home can take part in a nearly century-old White House tradition by joining in to watch the National Christmas Tree lighting Thursday December 1.

This year's ceremony will be the last one that President Barack Obama and his family will host. The White House is live streaming the event on its YouTube channel, the Daily Beast reported, and readers can watch below.

 

Eva Longoria and Marc Anthony are set to emcee, and they will be joined by other celebrities for the event.

President Calvin Coolidge presided over the first tree-lighting in 1923, when the ceremony consisted of a local choir and a quartet, according to the National Parks. The Colorado spruce planted in front of the White House in 2012 has been used for the ceremony since, according to NBC.

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The Hallmark channel will screen the tree lighting again on December 5 at 7 p.m. ET.

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