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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are set to light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday evening during a ceremony where he’s expected to share a holiday message with the American people.

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The lighting ceremony tradition began in 1923 and takes place in President’s Park, just south of the White House fence.

The host for this year’s ceremony is actress Eva Longoria.

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Performers include Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Yolanda Adams, The Lumineers and James Taylor.

This year’s ceremony helps round out the National Park Service’s centennial year.

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