WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on the Ellipse.
Some of the acts spent Friday morning rehearsing as set-up for the massive event continued. There was a great line-up this year, including Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Mariah Carey, Train and Jane Lynch.
Friday morning we also spoke to officials who were preparing for the big event. Here from them in the video attached.
Some roads will be closed for the event. Check out the list of closures here: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=284909