US Capitol Christmas Tree

Announcing the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Payette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Idaho to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way.

The 80 – foot Engelmann Spruce is the second U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Idaho. It will be cut on Nov. 2 near McCall and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. With great fanfare, the tree will leave the Payette National Forest followed by ambassadors from the Payette and Choose Outdoors for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Community stops include:

  • McCall, ID (Nov. 5 from 5:00 –7:00 p.m. at Downtown McCall, 1000 2nd Street)
  • Cascade, ID (Nov. 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, E Mill St)
  • Horseshoe Bend, ID (Nov. 6 from 1 – 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend School District #73, 398 School Drive)
  • Boise, ID (Nov. 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Cabela’s, 8109 West Franklin Road)
  • Boise, ID (Nov. 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Idaho State Capitol, 700 W Jefferson St)
  • Weiser, ID (Nov. 8 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Main Street)
  • Council, ID (Nov. 8 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at 101 Bleeker Street)
  • New Meadows, ID (Nov. 9 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at 101 Virginia Street)
  • Grangeville, ID (Nov. 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Truck Route)
  • Lapwai, ID (Nov. 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Nez Perce National Historic Park, 39063 U.S. Highway 95)
  • Moscow, ID (Nov. 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St)
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID (Nov. 10 Parked Overnight Kootenai County Fairgrounds off of Government Way)
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID (Nov. 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. between 1st and 2nd Streets on Sherman Avenue)
  • Salmon, ID (Nov. 12 from 2:30 –4:30 p.m. at 204 Main St)
  • Idaho Falls, ID (Nov. 14 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Alturas Academy, 3950 S. Yellowstone Hwy)
  • Twin Falls, ID (Nov. 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 4th/5th and Shoshone Street East)
  • Ogden, UT (Nov. 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Forest Service Regional Office, 324 25th Street)
  • Grand Junction, CO (Nov.16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50)
  • Glenwood Springs, CO (Nov.17 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Centennial Park/9th Street)
  • Denver, CO (Nov. 18 from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop, 7970 Northfield Blvd.)
  • Kansas City, MO (Nov. 19 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Union Station Kansas City, 30 W Pershing Rd)
  • Columbia, MO (Nov. 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia Mall, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W.)
  • Paducah, KY (Nov. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)
  • Paducah, KY (Nov. 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)
  • Nashville, TN (Nov. 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills, 323 Opry Mills Dr.)
  • Knoxville, TN (Nov. 23)
  • Blacksburg, VA (Nov. 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 135 College Ave.)
  • Joint Base Andrews, MD (Nov. 27)

After arriving in Washington, D.C. the tree lighting is expected to occur in early December. The exact date will be determined by the U. S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, and is likely to be broadcast on C-SPAN.

For tour information, event details, news and updates, and to track the tree cross-country, come back to visit www.capitolchristmastree.com or www.fs.usda.gov/payette.

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