The president thanked America's armed forces and first responders on stage as he wished the nation a Merry Christmas. As one grateful nation we praise the joy of family, the blessings of freedom and the miracle of Christmas.
President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a almost century-old holiday tradition in the nation's capital.
"We have a situation where we're looking very strongly at sinks and showers, and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucets on in areas where there's tremendous amounts of water where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it", Trump said.
Joining the Trumps for this year's ceremony was host Jessie James Decker, a country singer, Colton Dixon, two youth choruses - the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the West Tennessee Youth Chorus.
This year, a 30-foot Colorado blue spruce from Palmyra, Pennsylvania, is the star of the show, CBS Washington, D.C., affiliate WUSA-TV reports.
New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was illuminated Wednesday night during its famous annual ceremony, marking the beginning of another holiday season in the Big Apple. Lights will remain switched on through January 1, 2020.
The tree, a Norway spruce that's more than 60 years old, stands 77 feet (23.5 meters) tall and was lit up in colorful Christmas lights before 10 p.m.
The decorations of the event consisted of 58 Christmas trees, over 15,000 bows and more than 2,500 strands of lights, the White House reported.
The walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse features 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree, according to the National Park Service.