Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Kootenai National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than 15 communities along the way.

The tree will be cut on Wednesday, November 8 and prepared for the more than 3,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations and culminates with the official tree lighting in early December. The tree will make special appearances at whistle stops including:

Monday, Nov. 13:
Eureka, MT (11:00 a.m. at Eureka Town Hall, 11 Dewey Avenue)
Whitefish, MT (2:30 pm -Don K Whitefish Dealership, 6219 Highway 93 South)

Tuesday, Nov. 14:
Libby, MT (9:00 a.m. at Libby High School,150 Education Way)
Troy, MT (11:30 a.m. location TBD)
Trout Creek, MT (3:30 pm at 11 Park Street)

Wednesday, Nov. 15:
Thompson Falls, MT (10:00 a.m. at 809 Main Street)
Missoula, MT (6:00 p.m. at Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks St.)

Thursday, Nov. 16:
Helena, MT (11:00 a.m. at 1301 E 6th Ave between Montana Ave & Roberts Street)
Great Falls, MT (6:00 p.m. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, 4201 Giant Springs Road)

Friday, Nov. 17:
Harlem (Fort Belknap), MT (11:00 a.m. at Tourism Office, 143 Assiniboine Avenue)
Glasgow, MT (3:00 p.m. at Valley Event Center, 54141 Highway #2)

Saturday, Nov. 18:
Glendive, MT (8:00 a.m. at Albertson’s parking lot, 307 Harmon Street)
Dickinson, ND (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. between 1st and Villard, Downtown Dickinson)

Sunday, Nov 19:
Grand Forks, ND (9:00 a.m. at 1 S 3rd Street Grand Forks, ND 58201)
Browns Valley, MN (1:30 p.m., American Legion, 518 W. Broadway)

Monday, Nov 20: Kansas City, MO (3:00 p.m. at MHC Kenworth, 1524 N Corrington Avenue)

Tuesday, Nov. 21: Springfield, MO (4:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops,1935 S. Campbell)

Wednesday, Nov. 22:
Poplar Bluff, MO (11:00 a.m. at Menards Parking Lot, 3105 Oak Grove Road)
Paducah, KY (5:30 p.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Avenue)

Sunday, Nov. 26: Joint Base Andrews (2:00 p.m. on base for servicemen and women)

Monday, Nov. 27: Deliver to West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

The tree lighting will occur in early December as determined by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.