Hundreds Gather for 12th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting

The Hill is Alive for the Holidays!


On Sunday, November 25, hundreds of Hill residents and visitors gathered at the Northeast Quadrant of Eastern Market Metro Plaza to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the 12th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting.

BID President Patty Brosmer kicked off the celebration by welcoming the crowd to what was the most attended Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting event in BID history before inviting Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen to the stage to give remarks.

The BID’s “men and women in blue” greeted attendees with hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts while local musical groups Joyous Voices, Washington Youth Choir and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Suzuki Strings performed holiday favorites.
The 45-foot tree, affectionately called “Big George,” was planted in 2007 to honor the BID’s founding chairman George Didden III for his many contributions to the Capitol Hill community. George’s wife, Kathy, and other members of the Didden family carried on the tradition of flipping the switch to illuminate the tree (video footage courtesy of Councilmember Charles Allen).

This year’s tree lighting was broadcasted live on NBC Washington News Channel 4 and covered by The Hill is Home and Hill Rag.

Thank you to all who celebrated the 12th Annual Capitol Hill Holiday Tree Lighting with us!