2018 US Capitol Christmas Tree

We are pleased to announce the Willamette National Forest’s Sweet Home Ranger District will be providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and 75 smaller companion trees to adorn the Capitol buildings in Washington, DC for the 2018 holiday season. A gift from the Willamette National Forest and the State of Oregon to the people of the United States, the tree will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December 2018.

The public is invited to participate through various activities and events:

Find the Tree: Hike and drive the Willamette National Forest, to the east of the City of Sweet Home, to look for the perfect Capitol Christmas Tree!

Decorate the Tree: We need your help to create a total of 10,000 handmade ornaments to send to our nation's capital to decorate these Christmas trees. There are several ways to get involved whether hosting your own ornament making event or attending one.

Christmas Tree Ornament Hunt: As part of the Willamette Valley Visitors Association Christmas tree ornament hunt, two hundred glass ornaments will be hidden along non-wilderness trails on the Willamette National Forest beginning May 23, 2018 for lucky adventurers to find. In addition to a keepsake ornament, over 120 lucky winners will be awarded prizes, including a grand prize: a three night, four day paid trip for two to Washington D.C. in December 2018 to see the lighting of the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree. Learn more at https://www.oregonwinecountry.org/capitol-christmas-tree-from-the-willamette-valley. For more information on Willamette National Forest trails where ornaments have been hidden click here.

Find Your Trail: This is a special year for trails on our public lands! 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. In honor of these anniversaries, we encourage you and your family to explore the magnificent trails throughout your National Forests. 

Learn more and find out how you can make an ornament for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree at www.capitolchristmastree.com and don't forget to share your adventures on social media using #USCapitolChristmasTree, #FindYourTrail and #ItsAllYours.