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Rodney Atkins - RODNEY TO JOIN ANNUAL NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

RODNEY ATKINS TO JOIN CARSON DALY, ONEREPUBLIC, AND MORE FOR THE 89th ANNUAL NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Ceremony to be Streamed LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org on December 1 Beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST and Broadcast Nationally on Public Television Throughout December

Washington, D.C. (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) – Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that country music star Rodney Atkins has been announced as a performer at the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting festivities on Thursday, December 1, 2011 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Atkins will join television and radio personality Carson Daly who is hosting the event with additional musical performances from OneRepublic and singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius. The evening will also feature a special appearance by Kermit the Frog along with several other special guests. Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced shortly.

The ceremony will usher in the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed LIVE online at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event can also be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Check local listings or visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s National Parks. Originated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, this year’s ceremony marks the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting. The annual event has become an American holiday tradition. For more information about the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting, visit www.thenationaltree.org.

The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and its 397 National Park sites for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service works with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, theNational Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org.