President Obama battled the wind and the rain to light the national Christmas tree on Friday.
“Is everybody a little wet but still having fun?” Obama, flanked by his wife and two daughters, called out to the audience.
“Since it is a little wet, we shouldn’t start at 10,” he joked.
The lighting took place on the The Ellipse, near the White House.
A total of 3,000 seated tickets and 14,000 standing tickets were given away for the event in a lottery in October. Many of the guests wore ponchos to protect against the rain and wind.
The National Park Foundation reminded visitors ahead of the event that the tree lighting would take place outdoors regardless of the weather.
“Please be advised that this is an outdoor rain or shine event and attendees should monitor local forecasts for the Washington, D.C. area and dress for the weather conditions,” it said on its website.
"Glee" actress Jane Lynch introduced the first family. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and the band Train.
The national Christmas tree stands on The Ellipse year-round and is decorated each year for the holidays.
Last year Obama joked about the short shelf life of the last few trees. A 2011 storm took down the tree that had stood for decades and its immediate replacement had died within a year before being replaced. A 28-foot Colorado blue spruce from Virginia was planted as the new National Christmas Tree last October.