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The Yup’ik Immersion School in Bethel will represent the state of Alaska in the nation’s capital this Christmas

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 2019
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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 2019

The Yup’ik Immersion School in Bethel will represent the state of Alaska in the nation’s capital this Christmas.

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik was one of two Alaska schools selected to provide decorated ornaments for the National Christmas Tree. The tree will stand in President’s Park, within view of the White House. The tree will be lit on Dec. 2, marking the 99th anniversary of this event.

A few days later, CBS will broadcast the tree ceremony, along with a holiday musical performance. LL Cool J will host. The performers will be Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Keb’ Mo’, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, Patti LaBelle, the U.S. Army Band Downrange, and the Howard Gospel Choir. To watch live, tune in to CBS on Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Alaska time.

The National Christmas Tree in Washington will be open for the public to visit for free from Dec. 4, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022.

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