WASHINGTON (AP) — Streets in downtown Washington will be closed for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.

The ceremony on the Ellipse, south of the White House, is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m.

Beginning about 4:30 p.m., 17th Street between New York Avenue and Constitution Avenue will be closed, as will 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue/E Street to Constitution Avenue.

Parking restrictions will be in place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on 15th and 17th streets, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue.

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