Capitol Christmas Tree to Arrive Nov. 29

Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:45pm

Continuing a tradition in place since 1964, the Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front on Nov. 29, the Architect of the Capitol announced Wednesday.

“The Capitol Christmas Tree is often referred to as ‘the People’s Tree’ because it reflects the generosity of the state that sent it to Washington,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “This year, the people of Wyoming are showcasing their great state with a magnificent tree and beautiful ornaments. May the tree light the way for a blessed Christmas and a happy holiday season.”

The 67-foot Engelmann spruce will be decorated with about 5,000 ornaments made by Wyomingites to reflect this year’s theme, “Wyoming: Forever West.”

The tree was found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. Pelosi will light it during a ceremony on Dec. 7. 

The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through Jan. 1.