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The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013

Capitol Christmas Tree Lights up Washington

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, on the Capitol’s West Front lawn, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, served as master of ceremonies.

This year's tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It is decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, "Sharing Washington's Good Nature," which highlights the state's historical, cultural and natural beauty.

The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2014.

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