Before things got underway, people (like me) started gathering around the perimeter of the area to get a good viewing spot. The stage is visible in the center and the National Christmas Tree to the left.
Dusk approaches. The Washington Monument wasn't too far away.
Night comes, and the events begin on stage.
A local school choir sings.
Charlotte Church sings, as seen on the telescreen.
Clinton speaking, as seen on the telescreen.
President Clinton speaks. He's not hard to spot on the high resolution version of this image. Hillary and Chelsea are sitting at his left.
The tree is lit.
Tree, mini trees, and the Washington Monument.
Mini trees again and the Monument.
The White House, complete with glowing wreath.
Tree and Monument.
The White House, as seen behind the beginnings of stands for January's inaguration.