This year, the NACC-MA and the Royal Norwegian Embassy collaborated with the Washington Performing Arts Society for the 22ndannual Norwegian Christmas tree lighting at Union Station. The ceremony was the largest organized to date, with approximately 5,000 attending guests. The evening included performances by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and the Czarkowski String Quartet, along with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and a live simulcast of the YoYo-Ma holiday concert at the Washington National Cathedral. The theme for the tree this year was ocean health and sustainability. Local Norwegian artist Liliane Blom created marine pollution-themed Christmas ornaments from recycled plastic. As the host for the ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Kåre R. Aas presented the tree to the city, represented by the Secretary of the District of Columbia Lauren C. Vaughan, and invited Radha Muthiah, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank to light the tree.
The tree will be on display in the Main Hall of Union Station until it is taken down on Jan 4th.