The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies.
This year’s tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, 2014, and is currently traveling from Minnesota across the country, making stops in nearly 30 communities along the way.
“The Capitol Christmas Tree brings with it excitement and anticipation for the season of giving, and a chance for us to come together in peace and goodwill,” said Speaker Boehner. “We are grateful to all involved in the safe passage of this great spruce, and hope people from across the country and the world will come see it lit on the West Front of the United States Capitol.”
“It’s a major point of pride for Minnesota that this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree comes from the Chippewa National Forest,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. “This massive spruce is a shining example of the extraordinary natural beauty our state has to offer, and I’m excited to see it light up our nation’s capital this holiday season for the entire country to see.”
“The Architect of the Capitol is honored once again to host the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol,” said Ayers. “We look forward to the tree’s safe arrival and adorning it with thousands of ornaments and lights to officially kick off the holiday season here on Capitol Hill."
After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, November 21, 2014, and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by children and others from Minnesota communities as a gift from the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2015.
Learn more about the tree selection process on the AOC Blog.