Christmas at the White HousePosted April 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Filed Under: All News
Visiting the White House in Washington, DC is a time honored and treasured holiday tradition. The custom of placing a decorated tree in the White House began in 1889 on Christmas morning during the Presidency of Benjamin Harrison. What began as a family gathering has become a national tradition. Over the years, the White House Christmas tree has reflected the times and tastes of the First Family. Today, the First Lady selects a theme and taps the talents of American artisans, who give life to the idea. Stroll through America's most prestigious and honored house and experience first hand the beautiful trees and decorations this holiday season. This is a self guided tour but secret service will be in each room to answer any questions. You will have the chance this morning to visit the White House Visitor Center, adjacent to the White House, for a chance to purchase the latest White House Christmas Tree Ornament.
Due to the high security at the White House, everyone who wants to visit must provide the information on the form below. This information must be submitted at the time we make the reservation in June. We have requested multiple days in hopes of having a better chance to get in. You will be notified by telephone in November as to the exact date, so please keep all the above dates open on your calendar. If we do get in, at that time you will be asked to sen in your payment.
Please keep in mind that there is a good amount of walking included on this tour. From where we exit The White House it is approximately a 3-4 block walk back to where the motorcoach has to park.
Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon mid-day at the Vantage Point Rooftop Restaurant. Located on the top floor of the Holiday Inn in Roslyn, its large panoramic windows offer outstanding views of the city and surrounding landscape. In the afternoon, travel to the National Mall for time at a Smithsonian Museum of your choice -- such as the National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of American History, or the Air & Space Museum.
The total cost of $72 per person for this tour includes:
- Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation
- The White House & White House Visitor's Center
- Lunch at Vantage Point Restaurant
- Tax & Gratuity for Lunch
- Driver Gratuity
- Refreshments aboard the coach
At this time -- DO NOT send your check. Please return and complete the form, one for each person, to Don Reich no later than May 25th. You will be notified in November as to the date and at that time payment will be required. Don's phone: 804-639-4341
5909 Watch Harbour Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Depart: Brandermill'd Market Square at 7:30 AM (subject to change depending on white House tour time) Return: Brandermill's Market Square at 6:30 PM
Cancellations made within three (3) business days of departure are "Non-refundable." Once names have been submitted to White HOUSE on June 1st - no substitutions are allowed.
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Security Information Requested by the White House
Please print clearly
Last name: ______________________________________
First name: _________________________
Middle initial: ____
Date of birth: __________________
Social Security # ____________________
US Citizen: ( Y or N): ________
City and State of Residence: ______________________
Passport # if not a US Citizen ____________________
(social security # required for US Citizen age 14 and over)
Phone number ___________________ (this is for the group leader)
Please make sure that the names you put on this form match what is on your driver's license or passport. You will have to present your deiver's license or passport when entering the White House. Once names have been submitted, there are no substitutions or additions.