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President Obama and his family have flipped the switch for the 90th annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree, marking the holiday season in the nation’s capital.

Mr Obama was joined by his daughters, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, and wife Michelle. All were bundled to shield themselves from the cold December night.

Also helping in the festive ceremony was actor and singer Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the tree-lighting ceremony.

Merry Christmas, everybody!’ the president began. He was wearing a black wool overcoat and a maroon scarf tucked loosely in his jacket. He was then interrupted by Harris, who said that it was wonderful to see Mr Obama’s daughters out and about.

‘It’s wonderful to see you, Mr President,’ the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star added.

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