Decorating the White House for the Holidays

Get a behind-the-scenes look as the White House gets decked out for Christmas.

Beautiful Christmas Arrangement With Red Roses

Bouquets in the State Dining Room rest on tables that are ready to be set for almost 30 holiday parties at the White House this season.

Volunteer Decorating Christmas Tree at White House

A volunteer mixes winterberry twigs with gold-sprayed pinecones and gold leaves on one of two trees in the Cross Hall.

Christmas Concept Board in State Dining Room

Concept boards were used in every room of the White House to help volunteers understand the look and feel each room was supposed to have. This one, in the State Dining Room, shows pinecones, dried hydrangea, beads and glass ornaments.

Historical Tribute Christmas Ornament

Michelle Obama asked that 800 ornaments be sent to community groups across the country, to be decorated in a way that pays tribute to a favorite local landmark or person. This ornament pays tribute to Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American woman to become a physician.

Decorated Christmas Ornaments

The gold and silver orbs that were sent to community groups for decorating were previously used as decorations in past White House Christmases.

Windows Adorned With Red Lacquer Magnolia Wreaths

Boxwood garlands frame the windows in the East Colonnade. Wreaths are made with lacquered magnolia leaves. Both plants can be found in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden right outside the windows.

Christmas Arrangement With Magnolia-Covered Vase

Small vases in the State Dining Room are covered with magnolia leaves.

Volunteer Adjusting Christmas Tree Topper

A volunteer adjusts the dried hydrangea tree topper in the State Dining Room. Several former White House bouquets were dried and reused as holiday decorations.

Traditionally Decorated Christmas Trees Flank Fireplace

Designed to complement the colors in the William Cogswell portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the Fraser firs are decorated in part with dried roots from the kitchen garden.

Magnolia Leaf-Covered Christmas Vase

Magnolia leaves give this vase in the East Room texture and interest.

Winterberry Arrangement

Sprigs of winterberry dress up the niches in the East Entrance.

Gingerbread White House Modeled in White Chocolate

Covered in white chocolate, the gingerbread White House measures 56 inches wide, 29 inches deep and weighs almost 400 pounds. The "house" also features a miniature kitchen garden and Bo, the first family's dog. The confection remains on display in the State Dining Room for the holiday season.

Gingerbread White House's Mini State Dining Room

The gingerbread house features a miniature State Dining Room with a working chandelier and furniture made of dark chocolate.

Traditional White Mantel Decorated for the Holidays

Ribbon, dried pomegranates and pepper-berries adorn the mantel in the Green Room. Later, the silver balls were removed for a more subtle effect.

Christmas Tree With White Lights and Pinecones

Two 15-foot trees in the Cross Hall are decorated with pinecones, gold leaves, glass balls and ribbon.

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