Celebrities Packed the White House for President Barack Obama’s Last National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Last night (Dec. 1, 2016), President Barack Obama lit the National Christmas Tree for the last time, and while it was a bittersweet moment, he had plenty of celebrity friends in attendance to soften the blow.

The President called on everyone from Chance the Rapper to Marc Anthony to perform at the ceremony, and they made sure they gave it their all in what will probably be their last chance to perform at the White House in a while. Chance the Rapper brought down the house with a performance of “Sunday Candy” accompanied by a choir.

Because it was his last ceremony, the President didn’t let his performers have all of the fun. Before the night was over, Obama took the stage to give his own performance of “Jingle Bells.”


Launch the gallery up top to see more photos from the National Christmas Tree lighting.

The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is set to air on Hallmark Channel on Dec. 5, 2016.