Hip-Hop artist/actor Common will host the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced today (November 23rd).

Common will preside over ceremonies, which will be broadcast from the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington D.C., throughout the United States on Public Television, on December 9th at 5:00 PM

In addition to Common, Maroon 5, B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, 10-year-old Jackie Evancho and Jim James will perform during the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.

The National Park Foundation is a federal organization that owns 84 million acres of the U.S.’s most treasured landscapes and historic sites, in over 400 national parks.

The news of Common’s involvement with the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony comes amidst news that the 38-year-old rapper is penning his first memoir, titled One Day It’ll Make Sense.