When Will the White House Christmas Decorations Go Up?

The White House is set to be decorated for Christmas in the days following Thanksgiving, with the Christmas tree already received by the first lady, and several decorations already spotted going up.

Every year, the White House is decorated for Christmas, with the results unveiled in the days following Thanksgiving, while tours of the lavishly decorated building run throughout December.

The first Christmas the trumps were in the White House, First Lady Melania Trump saw her choice of decorations—for the theme "Time-Honored Traditions"—branded "cold" and "creepy."

And in 2018, the White House Christmas decorations were similarly widely discussed after Melania's red Christmas trees were compared to outfits from Margaret Atwood's dystopian tome The Handmaid's Tale, with the handmaid outfits also seen at several demonstrations against President Donald Trump since the TV series aired.

At the time, Melania defended her red trees, which were part of the theme "American Treasures," commenting: "We are in the 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic.

"I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life they look even more beautiful and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people's house," she added, according to ABC News.

The People’s House @WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season! pic.twitter.com/oejKW3mC15

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018

Plans for this year's Christmas decorations at the White House began much earlier on in the year, with Melania tweeting back in July about the upcoming festive season.

"#Christmas planning has begun in the East Wing at the @WhiteHouse," she said in a message sent to her followers in July. "I'm looking forward to sharing our final vision for this unique tradition in the coming months."

The theme for this year's Christmas decor has not yet been announced, with Melania scheduled to unveil the theme and decorations shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

As well as the White House releasing annual pictures of its Christmas decorations, it is also possible to book onto a Christmas tour of the building during December, with more than 25,000 people visiting the White House during the festive season last year.

As well as the unveiling of the Christmas decorations, the Trumps will also welcome in the festive season with the official switching on of the Christmas tree lights on December 5. The tree, which Melania welcomed earlier on in the week as part of a tradition started by Jaqueline Kennedy in 1961, is a Douglas fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands at over 5 meters tall.