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 late Congressman John R. Lewis will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. The following is information regarding viewing hours, public health measures, road closures and other details regarding the event.
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.
The Architect of the Capitol is delivering virtual Capitol experiences to those unable to visit because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Resources for students and families learning from home are grouped into elementary, middle school and high school levels. There are also virtual field trips and online exhibits.