2019 Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony Dates Announced
The 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was chosen from the Carson National Forest and is sponsored by the New Mexico Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall. Lighting Ceremony will take place December 4, 2019, on the West Front Lawn.
November 6, 2019
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service.
This year's tree, sponsored by the New Mexico Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, was chosen from the Carson National Forest. The tree will be harvested on November 6, 2019, and will travel cross-country to Washington, D.C. by truck.
The Capitol Christmas Tree will make stops in communities along the route to the nation's capital and arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. The AOC's Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team will secure the tree and decorate it with thousands of handcrafted ornaments from the people of New Mexico.
The tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.
The annual lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a time-honored tradition of more than 50 years. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2020.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Article themes include Doing Good, By the Numbers, Before & After, Employee Highlights, Spotlight on Safety, Beyond the Dome, and AOC Gratitude.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol Visitor Center and the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden will temporarily close to the public until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19). The outdoor gardens and grounds remain open.