The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony took place in Washington DC today, and was streamed online. President Obama and his family helped flip the switch, while a slew of artists performed for a crowd braving the chilly winter air. American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips sang a Christmas tune, as did Jason Mraz, Ledesi, The Fray, James Taylor and more.
Check out Phillip performing “This Christmas” with a big band. There wasn’t much room for Phil to improvise, nevertheless (and maybe because of it) he delivered a soulful performance of the classic. Phillip sang a bit of “White Christmas” as part of a group finale medley.
The special will air on PBS beginning on December 7. Check your local listings for dates and times.