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Street Closures Announced for National Christmas Tree Lighting

12/5/2013, 6:49 p.m.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on the Ellipse at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Courtesy of thenationaltree.org

On Friday, Dec. 6, the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on the Ellipse at approximately 4:30 p.m. The gates will open to ticketed guests only at 3 p.m. and all ticket holders will enter from the west side (17th Street NW) of the Ellipse.

The following security measures will be in place for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony:

Street Closures: The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Park Police will put the following street closures affecting vehicular traffic into effect on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and will lift these street closures when this event has concluded:

o 15th Street NW from Constitution Avenue NW to E Street NW

o 15th Street NW and New York Avenue NW

o 15th Street NW and G Street NW

o 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

o 15th Street NW and F Street NW

o 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

o 17th Street NW Northbound from Constitution Avenue NW to State Place/New York Avenue NW

o 17th Street NW from C Street NW to E Street NW

o 18th Street NW Eastbound from D Street to E Street NW

· No Truck Zone: Constitution Avenue NW between 14th Street NW & 18th Street NW

Security Screenings: All attendees will be subject to thorough security screening before entering the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Please allow for additional time for this security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long. Due to the expected inclement weather, the use of umbrellas is authorized for this event. Please dress accordingly.

Prohibited Items: As a security precaution, the following items will be prohibited from the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony:

Firearms

Weapons of any type

Hazardous materials

Chemical materials

Radiological materials

Biological materials

Knives

Toy guns/toy weapons

Fireworks

Pepper spray/mace

Scissors

Razor blades

Needles

Leatherman brand tools (or similar)

Screwdrivers (or similar)

Glass bottles

Tripods

Coolers

Air horns

Laser pointers

Aerosol containers

Soda cans

Sticks/poles

Baseballs, softballs, etc.

Animals (other than helper/guide dogs)