The U.S. Forest Service, with help from their nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors, will bring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Colorado Springs on Sunday, November 11. People of all ages are invited to get decked out in their most festive ensemble and celebrate this annual holiday tradition. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be traveling with the tree, so be sure to have the little ones bring their list.
The 73-foot U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium parking lot from 8am-10am. The public is encouraged to dress in holiday gear and join in a group photo with the tree at 9am. Kum & Go, which recently opened a new store near the stadium, will provide free refreshments to those in attendance. Those attending the event must enter through the North Gate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
On November 2, the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested in the White River National Forest, near Meeker, CO. The tree will then be wrapped and transported to Washington, D.C. on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck driven by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
The Colorado Springs stop will be one of many along the tree’s 23-day tour across Colorado and the country on its way to the nation’s capitol. All festivities with the tree are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. As the tree travels the country, it will carry a message about sustainable forestry. In addition, new and unwrapped toy donations will be accepted through Toys for Tots for underprivileged children this holiday season.
Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.” In early December, a tree lighting ceremony will take place and will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season.