Donald Trump lights US national Christmas tree

Updated: Dec 13, 2017, 17:29 IST | IANS

US President Donald Trump has lit the national Christmas tree, located behind the White House, in a ceremony followed by a performance of the 1960s-hit pop band, The Beach Boys

US President Donald Trump has lit the national Christmas tree, located behind the White House, in a ceremony followed by a performance of the 1960s-hit pop band, The Beach Boys. On Thursday, Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, went hand in hand to the Ellipse, a public park to participate in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, an annual tradition which US Presidents usually attend.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as First lady Melania Trump smiles during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. Pic/ AFP
US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as First lady Melania Trump smiles during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. Pic/ AFP

"We want to wish everybody a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, have unbelievable holidays, and we are now going to light a very beautiful tree," said Trump. After a countdown from ten initiated by Trump, the first lady flipped a switch to set aglow a 8.5-metre Christmas tree, illuminated with bright yellow and blue lights, Efe news reported. Then, The Beach Boys, now left with only one founding member, Mike Love, took the stage and performed their traditional Christmas song "Little Saint Nick". The First Lady unveiled on Monday the White House's Christmas decoration and said that "the President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House".

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