Obamas light their final White House Christmas tree

President Obama on Thursday evening lit the National Christmas Tree for the final time. 
 
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“Happy holidays to all of you,” the president said. “It is now officially the time to light this tree.” 
 
Obama then led the crowd in a countdown to light the tree, a Colorado blue spruce. He pressed a button that illuminated the red, white and blue lights surrounding it on all sides. 
 
The first family was introduced on stage by the ceremony’s host, actress Eva Longoria, a longtime supporter of the president. 
 
The lighting ceremony dates back to 1923, when then-President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot fir in President’s Park, located just south of the White House South Lawn. 
 
A number of high-profile musicians are performing at the event, including Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor and Marc Anthony.