Planning for the 2019 Christmas season is underway at the White House!
First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump will once again open the People’s House up to the public for the traditional Christmas decorating of the White House.
Individuals interested in volunteering to decorate the White House or serve as a greeter during the Holiday Open Houses can find additional details below.
Additionally, the White House invites musicians including high school bands, choirs, and Christmas-themed entertainers to apply for the opportunity to perform during the Holiday Open Houses throughout the month of December.
Individuals interested in decorating the White House or serving as a greeter at the Holiday Open Houses may apply HERE. The application will close on August 27, 2019. Please note each person must sign-up individually, as no group sign-ups will be accepted. Applicants may outline specific requests and previous, relatable work experience using the online form. Applicants will be notified by September 25, 2019.
Musicians – either individuals or groups – may apply HERE through September 10, 2019 . Please note the form allows applicants to select a range of dates during the month of December. All confirmed applicants will be assigned a particular date and time for their performance. Additional requests or requirements may be outlined using the online form. Applicants will be notified by October 2, 2019.
All questions should be directed to Volunteers@who.eop.gov.
Christmas at the White House 2018
The First Family celebrated their second Christmas in the White House. 2018’s theme, “American Treasures” honored the unique heritage of America. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shined with the spirit of patriotism. This home, held in trust for all Americans, displayed the many splendors found across our great Nation.
On Monday, November 19, 2018, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the arrival of the White House Christmas tree! Mr. Larry Smith, winner of the National Christmas Tree Contest, presented the prizewinning tree—all the way from Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Newland, North Carolina—to the President and First Lady at the North Portico of the White House.
Mr. Smith has been retailing Christmas trees since 1980, and has competed in the National Christmas Tree Contest four times previously. After providing a tree for the Vice President’s residence in 2001, he delivered a tree to the White House for the first time in 2018.
The White House Christmas tree, which serves as a centerpiece for Christmas decorations, must stand 18-19 feet tall and reach the ceiling of the Blue Room, where the chandelier is removed each holiday season to accommodate the tree.