Road closures around White House tonight (4:15-7:00 pm)
DC Street Closures for National Christmas Tree Lighting – Tonight
December 6, 2012 – The Metropolitan Police Department wishes to inform the public and members of the media of street closures associated with the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Jingle All the Way 8K Race.
2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting
On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the ceremony for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is scheduled to take place from 4:15 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on the Ellipse near the White House.
Begin at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, and will be in effect until the completion of the ceremonies.
There will be no traffic allowed northbound or southbound on the following streets:
•15th Street, NW, between E Street/ Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue, NW.
•17th Street, NW, between Constitution Avenue and New York Avenue, NW.
Due to the heavy pedestrian crowds associated with these events, motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling in these areas. In addition, those wishing to attend these events are encouraged to use public transportation.
We went as a family. It was awesome. Since I work close to there, I could park in our work garage (little one is still too little for bikes), but we were very jealous of the bikes locked up just outside the security checkpoints.
Funny story: I got back to the garage, leaving husband and toddler outside in the cold (they let me bring the newborn in without a security pass), and our car wouldn't start. Again, wishing we had bike. I tried everything, realized it seemed like a dead battery, and talked to the security people. Luckily they let husband and toddler in without a pass, and they had a kit to jump start cars, which worked, so we were on our way 45 minutes later. But again, we really wished we could have biked.
Oh, and with all of the "trying to get the car to start" I had turned off the normally-automatic headlights. So I ninja'd part of the drive home. When I realized it, I said "Oh, sh*t, I'm a ninja" - husband looked puzzled, realized what I meant, and almost fell out of his seat laughing.
Is anybody else running the Jingle All The Way 8K tomorrow?
Trying to decide if biking into DC is going to be the best way to get there with the Metro track work that's going on.