Nashville, TN (December 4, 2020)
This year five-time GRAMMY-nominated Christian music artist Matthew West has released a new holiday single, “The Hope of Christmas,” and has taped a special acoustic performance of the inspiring single for the 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Due to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the National Parks Service and National Park Foundation did not host a live audience for this year’s event, but instead a virtual ceremony is available to watch on-demand now throughout the holiday season at

Watch the “Hope of Christmas” Official Music Video:

A festive compilation of Christmas lights and music, national parks, and holiday cheer, the 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will bring joy into homes across the country. West is joined by other performers including American Idol finalist Colton Dixon; country singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann; country artist Jillian Cardarelli; singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards; country music singer/songwriter and actress Kellie Pickler; country artist and American Idol winner Laine Hardy; country band Leaving Austin; award-winning Gospel artist Lynda Randle and her brother, Michael Tait, lead vocalist of the Newsboys; Passion featuring Melodie Malone; and others.

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