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.

Announcing the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

On Friday, Nov. 2, the tree will be cut and prepared for the more than 3,000-mile journey that commemorates the second inspiration for the theme – the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail – by following a reverse path of the trail.  A series of festive events will be hosted by local communities at museums, main streets, city halls, state capitols, markets, retailers, high schools, and even a parade. Attendees will have the chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck to wish the tree well, learn more about the Willamette National Forest and the great state of Oregon, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise and more.

Host communities include:

•   Friday, Nov. 9: Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St, Sweet Home, OR 97386 (12:00 p.m. Street Fair, 6:00 p.m. Parade and 7:30 p.m. Program)

•   Saturday, Nov. 10: Linn County Circuit Court, 300 SW Fourth Avenue, Albany, OR 97321 (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.)

•   Saturday, Nov. 10: Cabela’s, 2800 Gateway Street, Springfield, OR 97477 (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.)

•   Sunday, Nov. 11: McKenzie River Ranger Station, 57600 McKenzie Highway 126, McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413 (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)

•   Sunday, Nov. 11: 48257 E. 1st, Oakridge, OR 97463 (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

•   Monday, Nov. 12: 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste 422, Bend, OR 97702 (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)

•   Monday, Nov. 12: 160 Detroit Ave, Detroit, OR 97342 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

•   Tuesday, Nov. 13: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)

•   Tuesday, Nov. 13: Oregon City, OR

•   Wednesday, Nov. 14: The Dalles City Hall, 313 Court Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 (9:00 –10:00 a.m.)

•   Wednesday, Nov. 14: Baker City, OR

•   Friday, Nov. 16: City Hall, 911 North 7th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201 (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)

•   Saturday, Nov. 17: Ft. Bridger State Historic Site, 37001 Isthmus Loop I-80 Fort Bridger, WY 82933 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)

•   Sunday, Nov. 18: 975 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, WY 82070 (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)

•   Sunday, Nov. 18: Scottsbluff, NE including parade route from 23rd St. to 17th Street on Broadway and ceremony on the 1700 block of Broadway (6:00-7:00 p.m.)

•   Monday, Nov. 19: Otoe County Courthouse, 110 South 11th, Nebraska City, NE 68410 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

•   Tuesday, Nov. 20: Perry High School, 404 Lecompton Rd, Perry, KS 66073 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)

•   Tuesday, Nov. 20: MHC Kenworth, 1524 N. Corrington, Kansas City, MO 64120 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

•   Wednesday, Nov. 21: Independence Uptown Market, 201 W. Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050 (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

•   Thursday, Nov. 22: 2018 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade, 7th Street and Market Street, St. Louis, MO (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

•   Friday, Nov. 23: The Harrison Pavilion, 101 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, OH 45030 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

•   Sunday, Nov. 25: Andrews Air Force Base, 1500 Perimeter Rd. Joint Base Andrews, MD (11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)

*The locations of stops are subject to change. All times are approximate and do not account for unforeseen weather and traffic delays. Monitor website at capitolchristmastree.com/tour for the latest updates.

Map of the 2018 Capitol Christmas tree route

 

The official tree lighting will occur in early December as determined by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the first tree selected from the Willamette National Forest and the second tree to come from Oregon.

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 about 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.





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