Christmas in Washington

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Christmas in Washington is an annual Christmas television special that currently airs on the U.S. TNT network.


One of two annual holiday specials produced by George Stevens, Jr. (the other being the Kennedy Center Honors), the variety show first aired in 1982 on NBC before moving to its current home on TNT in 1998. Recorded in Washington, D.C. at the National Building Museum, on the second Sunday of each December before being re-edited for later broadcast, Christmas in Washington is a one-hour concert featuring artists from musical genres. Each guest perform at least one solo, but the marquee performer usually has one or two more songs. The show also has at least one guest from the world of opera. Each of the musical performances are backed by a full orchestra and chorus. The show's finale consists of a medley performed by all the musical guests before the attendees-of-honor, the President of the United States and the First Lady, make a closing statement.

Recent events have benefited Children's National Medical Center.

Host and performers[edit]

The show also has a host. For many years, the show was hosted by Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin. However, since 2009, the show has had a single host. The 2013 edition featured Hugh Jackman as host and The Backstreet Boys as marquee performers, marking the first time in six years that a group has been featured as marquee performers. The show airs live on pay-per-view internationally and in most major cities, after which a re-edited 42-minute version (with commercials in a one-hour slot) airs on the aforementioned TNT network.


Year Host Performers
1982 Barbara Mandrell
1983 Andy Williams
1984 Hal Linden
1985 Tom Brokaw
1986 John Forsythe
1987 Barbara Mandrell
1988 James Stewart
1989 Olivia Newton-John
1990 John Denver
1991 N/A
1992 Julie Andrews
1993 Kirstie Alley
1994 Helen Hunt
1995 Kelsey Grammer
David Hyde Pierce
Jane Leeves
Peri Gilpin
John Mahoney
1996 John Lithgow
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Kristen Johnston
French Stewart
Jane Curtin
1997 Glenn Close
1998 Brooke Shields
1999 Brendan Fraser
2000 Sarah Michelle Gellar
2001 Reba McEntire
2002 Katie Holmes
2003 Patricia Heaton
2004 Phil McGraw and Robin McGraw
2009 George Lopez
2010 Ellen DeGeneres
2011 Conan O'Brien
2013 Hugh Jackman
2014 Dwayne Johnson


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External links[edit]

Source: for Christmas in Washington 2000: