The initial planning for the 2020 Christmas season is underway!
First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump are opening the people’s house up to the public for the traditional Christmas decorating of the White House!
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 October 1, 2020. 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 October 15, 2020.
Musicians—either individuals or groups—may apply HERE through October 8, 2020. 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 22, 2020.
Christmas at the White House 2019
The First Family celebrated their third Christmas in the White House! 2019’s theme, “The Spirit of America,” was a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrated the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive.
“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas,” said Mrs. Trump.
Throughout the month of December, the White House welcomed guests to enjoy the decorations by hosting open houses, receptions, and tours.
On Monday, November 25, 2019, First Lady Melania Trump participated in the arrival of the White House Christmas tree!
Mr. Larry Snyder, winner of the National Christmas Tree Contest, presented the prizewinning tree—all the way from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pennsylvania—to the First Lady at the North Portico in a horse-drawn carriage. The tree will serve as a centerpiece for Christmas decorations in the Blue Room of the White House.
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.