Holiday Cheer at the Annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting at Union Station
The Christmas season was kicked off with the annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting, which took place at Union Station on Monday, November 28th. The event is presented by the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington Performing Arts and Mars Arts DC. The line-up included Tine Thing Helseth's group tenThing, Rayshun LaMarr from NBC's the Voice, the folk bank Wicked Sycamore, East of the River Steelband and last but not least, Santa!
The Norwegian Ambassador to the US, Anniken Krutnes, spoke of the importance and longevity of the Norwegian-American bond, and together with the crowd, she lit the Christmas Tree once again.
President of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Idar Voldnes spoke at the Christmas Tree Lighting.
tenThing with trumpetist, Tine Thing Helseth had a couple of Norwegian Christmas hymnals in their repertoire, which was very welcomed by the Norwegians in attendance.
Rayshun LaMarr was a festive and energizing addition to the lineup. He made sure everyone was on their feet and dancing along with him as he made his way into the audience.
A large audience stopped by to listen to the concert and see the annual lighting of the Norwegian Christmas Tree. Here listening to the Wicked Sycamore.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus also made a special appearance and made sure that everyone that had been nice could get some candy from Santa's big bag of presents.
The East of the River Steelband filled the Great Hall of Union Station with holiday-cheer.