Watch: Sasha Joins Michelle and Barack for Final White House Christmas Tree Lighting

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01:  President Barack Obama (C) sings "Jingle Bells" with (L to R) Chance the Rapper, Santa Claus, James Taylor, Eva Longoria and Garth Brooks during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in Presidentàs Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Watch: Sasha Joins Michelle and Barack for Final White House Christmas Tree Lighting

Malia, still away on her gap year, wasn't spotted at the event.

Published December 2, 2016

  1. on thursday, Sasha, Michelle and President Barack Obama were joined by many celebrities at the white house's president's park for their final Christmas tree lighting
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 1:  U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha Obama attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.   (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
    US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha (R) react during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington on December 1, 2016.  / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
  2. Throughout the evening, the Obamas were graced by performances from Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, Marc Anthony, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood and The Lumineers
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01:  Singer Yolanda Adams performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01:  Singer Kelly Clarkson perfroms during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01:  Chance the Rapper performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 1:  Country singers Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting attended by the first family on the Ellipse December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.   (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond performs on stage during the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center on November 30, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 01:  Bell Biv Devoe perform at the Annual Boston Christmas Tree Lighting at Boston Common Park on December 1, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Christmas tree is donated by Nova Scotia each year after Boston was the first to send aid following the 1917 explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor which killed more than 2,000 and injured more than 9,000. This year the tree came from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for the first time.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 1:  Singer Mark Anthony performs at the National Christmas Tree Lighting attended by the first family on the Ellipse December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year is the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.   (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
  3. The first family, and the crew of attending celebrities, led the crowd in singing carols
  4. Although Malia, who is currently on her gap year, was not present, Sasha Obama appeared to be having a great time
  5. And Chance the Rapper absolutely killed it on stage
  6. President Obama used the evening's closing remarks to spread a message of love

    “It’s a message of unity and a message of decency and a message of hope that never goes out of style. And it’s one that we all need very much today,” Obama said to the crowd before him. “After eight years as your president, I still believe that there is so much more that unites us than divides us.”

    US President Barack Obama speaks during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington on December 1, 2016.  / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
  7. As the Obamas enjoyed their final tree lighting at the White House, they could not help but emote the bittersweet feelings they experienced

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

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