WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is offering more free tickets for this year’s national Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Washington than in years past.

This year’s lighting is scheduled for Dec. 1 in front of the White House. This year the Park Service will distribute 3,000 tickets for seats and 14,000 standing-room tickets through an online lottery.

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The ticket lottery opens at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 3 and will run through Nov. 7 at 9:59 p.m. Tickets will be mailed to the lottery winners.

The president traditionally lights the tree, along with his family. Performers for the event will be announced in November.

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Since 2009, the Park Service has doubled the number of standing-room tickets for the event.

Tickets are required for all who attend.

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