FORT HOOD, Texas — III Corps and Fort Hood will host a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 3 at III Corps Headquarters to celebrate the start of the holiday season here.

Lt. Gen. Pat White, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, will preside over the ceremony. Anyone with a military identification card is invited to sing along to traditional holiday songs.

Music will be provided by the 1st Cavalry Division Band. Following the tree lighting, Families will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa at a safe social distance.

Food and beverages donated by local businesses will be served including hot cocoa, pizza and plenty of holiday cookies. The tree will remain on display until Jan. 6.

Media who wish to cover the event, should register here. On Dec. 3, media should meet public affairs representatives at 4:45 p.m. in the south side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.