Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lights Up Nov. 26

This Year Features Star MCs and A Musical Light Show

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A child checks out the lights after the 2021 Capitol Hill BID tree lighting.

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) will host the 16th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26, 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.

This year has some extra treats: the Master of Ceremonies will be Kojo Nnamdi, host of The Politics Hour on WAMU and former host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Tom Sherwood, resident Political Analyst at WAMU 88.5 FM Politics Hour.

And, a special programmed light show with music presented in partnership with Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) will be debuted at the event and play throughout the month of December.

Don’t worry –the sweet treats will return. 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 ChoirJoyous VoicesAdalia Jimenez and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s (CHAW) Suzuki Strings perform traditional holiday carols.

“In partnership with Barracks Row Main Street, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with the addition of the musical light show displayed on the tree” said Patty Brosmer, President. “We look forward to celebrating the start of the holiday season while honoring the BID’s founding Chairman, George Didden III.”

Learn more about the Capitol Hill BID, the Menorah Lighting (Dec. 18 this year) and the Holiday Tree Lighting by visiting the BID website.