The National Christmas Tree will be lit Thursday night in front of the White House. American Idol judge Randy Jackson will host the lighting ceremony. Performers such as Jordin Sparks and Common will also join the First Family at the annual holiday event.
Viewers can watch the event live at 4 p.m. central time at www.thenationaltree.org. The event will also be broadcast nationwide Dec. 4 on local public television stations.