The online lottery to attend the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, DC will begin on Friday, October 17, at 10:00 a.m. and end on Monday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. Three thousand tickets for seats and 14,000 standing room only tickets are up for grabs. The event will take place on the Ellipse near the White House, commencing at 5 p.m. The First Family traditionally throws the switch to light the tree and celebrities perform to distract the audience from wondering whether their toes are freezing. Apply at www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. This link provides more information about the history of the National Christmas Tree.