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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

NEW! 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour stops.

For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Payette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Idaho to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way.

The 80 – foot Engelmann Spruce is the second U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Idaho. It will be cut on November 2 near McCall and prepared for the nearly 4,000-mile expedition. With great fanfare, the tree will leave the Payette National Forest followed by ambassadors from the Payette and Choose Outdoors for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. 

March 6, 2016 - Garner Transportation Group Honored With "Ultimate Whistle Stop" Award For Hosting 2015 Tree Stop
(Press Release)

Representing one of the most patriotic industries in the country, TCA has proudly sponsored the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree since 2012. Transportation of the immense tree from its home forest to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is an annual tradition that began some 50 years ago.

As part the cross-country journey made on its way to Washington, DC each year, the tree makes stops in dozens of communities along the route. To showcase trucking’s involvement in transporting the tree, TCA works to coordinate stops at major public events.

"The People's Tree" - 2015 Trek To Washington, DC

At noon on October 27, the journey of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as "The People's Tree" began with the official cutting ceremony in the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska. The 74’ Lutz Spruce was the first U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to come from Alaska, and also the first to be transported by sea.

The Journey Begins"The People's Tree" covered roughly 4,000 miles, including ocean transport from Anchorage to Seattle. Along the route, the tree made 13 stops before reaching its destination on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The lighting of the tree took place at 5 p.m. ET on December 2, 2015.

Coordination of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project was a joint effort between the Chugach National Forest and, a non-profit organization that advocates "Connecting Americans to Public Lands through Outdoor Recreation."

TCA Whistle Stop - Findlay, Ohio

For the fourth year in a row, TCA worked with several major players in the trucking industry to coordinate the logistics of bringing the tree to many communities along its route to Washington, DC. This year, TCA and Garner Transportation Group hosted a whistle stop in Findlay, Ohio on November 16, 2015.

Follow The Journey @ - Thanks To SkyBitz

TCA member, SkyBitz, a provider of satellite-based trailer tracking, will once again provide the public with access to real-time tracking of the tree's journey at on the web.


Learn More

For more information about the 2016 tour, be sure to follow @TCANews on Twitter.

For media coverage of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree's journey in 2015, or to view photos from various events, visit TCA's Flickr album.