The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013.
This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was harvested on November 1, and is currently traveling from Washington across the country; making stops in 22 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be 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 tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, 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.
“The arrival of the Capitol Christmas Tree means the season of giving draws near, and with it the chance to rekindle in our hearts that message of peace and goodwill to all. We wish good tidings to everyone looking out for the safe passage of this majestic spruce, and hope children of all ages will come and see it lit up on the West Front of the Capitol,” said Speaker Boehner.
“Our Capitol Grounds crew does a wonderful job of decorating the Capitol Christmas Tree every year, and we’re looking forward to the tree’s arrival,” said Ayers. “The handmade ornaments that will grace the tree’s branches are my favorite part of this annual tradition here at the Capitol.”
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.