Steve Rudin ABC7 on Twitter: "The National Tree Lighting ceremony was beautiful this evening - but hard not to notice the empty seats.
This is not so unusual. Every year the Park Service awards 20,000 free tickets in a lottery, but there are typically 5,000-8,000 no-shows, and in some years the number of no-shows is much greater. In 2015, for example, there were even more empty seats than this year.
Anyway, the tree looks great.