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december, 2019

04dec5:00 pm6:00 pmU.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST First St SE, Washington, DC 20004


Event Details

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.

In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide “The People’s Tree.” This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.

The Carson National Forest in New Mexico will provide the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.


(Wednesday) 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST


United States Capitol

First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

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