The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) will host the 13th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m.. This year’s ceremony will take place on the Southwest Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza, across from the Southeast Library.
Friends, family and neighbors will gather as members of the Didden family flip the switch to illuminate the 30-foot Cedrus Deodara that was originally planted in spring of 2007 to honor the late George Didden III for his many contributions to Capitol Hill.
The holiday tradition has previously been held on the northeast quadrant at a tree known to many as Big George, but has been relocated this year due to health problems of that tree.
The BID’s Clean Team, affectionately known as the ‘men in blue’, will serve hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts as local musical groups Washington Youth Choir, Joyous Voices, Adalia Jimenez and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s (CHAW) Suzuki Strings perform traditional holiday carols.
“Each year, the Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting brings in more and more community members for what has become a true holiday tradition on the Hill,” said Capitol Hill BID President Patty Brosme. “We look forward to celebrating the start of the holiday season while honoring the BID’s founding Chairman, George Didden III.”
Each year Capitol Hill BID finds ways to add to the spirit of attendees by providing enhanced sound, staging and lighting in order to elevate the holiday program experience.