WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Miss Piggy, star of ABC's "The Muppets," will make a special appearance during the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Find out who else has been announced so far at www.thenationaltree.org.
An international celebrity, television and feature film star, best-selling author, supermodel, and fashion icon, Miss Piggy will help kick-off the holiday season at the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 3, 2015, on the Ellipse at President's Park (White House). The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. For broadcast times, check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website.
"I am so thrilled to be part of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, I hear this year's tree will be almost as bright, shiny and dazzlingly beautiful as moi!" says Miss Piggy.
Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree and follow #NCTL2015 on social media for more information about the event and its history. For Miss Piggy, visit Twitter and Facebook.
An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America's national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
The Walt Disney Company, including Disney|ABC Television Group which is the home of The Muppets, is a premier partner of the #FindYourPark movement and a lead sponsor of the National Park Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program, aiming to get half a million kids into national parks by 2017.
A special thanks to GE Lighting, Amtrak, Christmas Northeast, Inc., Guest Services, Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Loews Madison, Southwest Airlines®, and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President's Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961. Visit us at www.nps.gov.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
ABOUT THE MUPPETS
For 60 years, the Muppets have captured audiences with their unique blend of heart and humor. The Muppets, created by the late visionary Jim Henson, are one of the most iconic and beloved characters. Led by the world's most famous amphibian, Kermit the Frog, the Muppets have starred in eight feature films, Emmy Award-winning television series and specials, Webby Award-winning online videos as well as hundreds of press appearances worldwide. For more information about their most recent television project, "the muppets", see muppets.disney.com.
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