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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 4:30 p.m.

Neil Patrick Harris to host National Tree Lighting

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First Lady Michelle Obama read Christmas stories during last year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Neil Patrick Harris will host the program this year. File photo

Actor Neil Patrick Harris will join a handful of Grammy-award winning performers in celebrating the National Christmas Tree lighting next week.

The annual event, which typically draws thousands to the White House Ellipse, will feature popular performers including Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Colbie Caillat, recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, and The Fray.

The National Park Service announced the lineup, which also includes Modern Family actor Rico Rodriguez, on Wednesday.

Last year, TV personality Carson Daly hosted the program, which also included appearances from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The 90th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 6., and it will be streamed live starting at 4:30 p.m.