The National Christmas Tree is dark because of the government shutdown

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesClosed for the holidays.
  • The federal government entered a partial shutdown Friday after the House and Senate adjourned without reaching a spending deal.
  • National parks around the US will be closed to the public throughout the duration of the shutdown – including the National Christmas Tree, located in Washington, D.C.
  • The Tree, a Capitol staple since 1913, has gone dark. It will remain dark throughout the shutdown.
  • Further exacerbating the situation, the tree was damaged Friday when a man in attempted to climb it, The Hill reported. The repairs are expected to be “complicated.”
  • “During the federal government shutdown, the White House Visitor Center and National Christmas Tree site will be closed. Restroom facilities will be closed. In case of emergency, call 911,” a note on the National Parks Service’s website says.
  • A senior administration official told Business Insider that the following federal agencies and locations will remain active and open: Transportation Security Administration, Department of Justice, US Postal Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Weather Service, and The Statue of Liberty.

Darktree 1Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesA tourist takes a photo of the dark tree.

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