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 selection, a 55-foot Engelmann spruce, was harvested on November 5 and arrived at the U.S. Capitol on November 20 after traveling cross-country by truck.
Upon arrival at the U.S. Capitol, the AOC Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team secures the tree and decorates it with thousands of handcrafted ornaments from the people of Colorado.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a time-honored tradition of more than 50 years. Once decorated it will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through Christmas.