U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Albuquerque on Its Way to Washington

US Capital Christmas Tree - 2019 Carson National Forest NMAlbuquerque, NM – November 12, 2019. The magnificent New Mexico blue spruce chosen to grace the west front of the U.S. Capitol this holiday season will make a stop in Albuquerque this week as it begins its journey to Washington, D.C.  

Harvested last week from the Carson National Forest, the 60-foot 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree will begin its cross-country tour today with 16 stops across New Mexico before heading east to Washington. Events are planned in 30 communities along the entire route, and the tree’s journey can be tracked in real time at capitoltreetracker.com. The tree’s full itinerary is posted on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s dedicated website.  

On Thursday November 14th at 10:30 a.m. Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, the public is invited to join in the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree celebration.  

The 2019 tree is accompanied by 10,000 ornaments handmade by New Mexicans to reflect the state’s rich culture, history, people, landscapes, natural resources and wildlife. A public tree-lighting ceremony will be held at the U.S. Capitol in early December.  

The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree started in 1964. This is the third time the Land of Enchantment has provided “The People’s Tree.” In 1991, the Carson National Forest sent another blue spruce to the U.S. Capitol, and the Santa Fe National Forest provided an Engelmann spruce in 2005.