Neil Patrick Harris, President Barack Obama and the First Family Celebrate the National Christmas Tree Lighting (PHOTOS)


With the holidays in full swing throughout the country, the First Family turned to Hollywood to help light things up at the nation's capitol.

President Barack Obama — along with First Lady Michelle (who also celebrated her recent Grammy nod) and their daughters Malia and Sasha — brought on board a number of celebs for the 90th annual tree lighting on Thursday evening, beginning the official start of the holiday season in Washington, D.C.

With Neil Patrick Harris presiding over the ceremony, stars such as Modern Family actor Rico Rodriguez, the FrayJason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, James Taylor and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds treated 17,000 spectators to fun-filled performances at the Ellipse, a 52-acre park located between the White House and the National Mall.

Although he officially secured his reelection in November, the POTUS couldn't help but crack one last political joke before kicking off the annual tradition:

"Our tree has been having a hard time recently. This is our third one in as many years," Obama remarked about 28-foot-tall blue spruce. "It just goes to show, nobody's job is safe."

Looks like the Commander-in-Chief's festive spirit stood unwavered: the Obamas, Harris and the rest of the group closed out the night with a rousing rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Oh, what fun, indeed!

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