November 30, 2012 mountainproductions

[EVENT UPDATE] 90th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at Washington DC

As Thanksgiving festivities begin to wrap up, Christmas season quickly rolls in. One of the most celebrated Christmas traditions is the Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at Washington DC. The ceremony is a unifying event that both local and national communities share to celebrate the holiday season. The event has a rich history dating back to 1923 and President Calvin Coolidge. Since then, the event has changed locations several times and has evolved into a larger production.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2010

This year, Mountain Productions is proud to be a part of the historic and iconic National Tree Lighting, providing staging and support structures for the venue. Mountain will be building 3 stages, 2 truss sound towers, scaffolding video towers and a mix position. The main stage will be constructed with the exclusive Supermega Truss Grid. Mountain will also be providing groundcover turf protection to preserve the park grass from any damage during load in and load out. Mountain Production’s staff are currently setting up the staging in preparation for the December 6th airing of the tree lighting. Check out some of our construction pictures below and read on for more details on the televised event:

Site Survey at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

Site survey for the National Christmas Tree Lighting

Main stage under construction

Truss towers and roof grid under construction for main stage

Stage under construction

3 stages will be built for the event

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on December 6th at 4:30 PM (EST). Viewers can watch the ceremony either online on December 6th (for more information, visit or on broadcast television PBS starting on December 7th. The event will be replayed throughout the holiday season.

The Tree Lighting pre show will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and performers include Colbie Caillat, The Fray, James Taylor, Jason Mraz, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ledisi, Phillip Phillips, Rico Rodriguez and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores.

Check our blog for further picture updates from the National Christmas Tree Lighting. Mountain is proud and grateful to assist in this historic event. If you would like to learn more about the services provided at this event and how we can craft a staging solution for you, please give us a call at 570 826 5566. We encourage you to visit our website for more information as well.

**Click here to read on to the second update of the National Christmas Tree Lighting**

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