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Capitol Christmas Tree Tour Stop in KC

November 20, 2018

TIME: 3 - 5 PM


The Willamette National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors and Travel Oregon, will bring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 holiday, by way of cross-country tour involving more than 25 communities along the way. The 2018 tour announcement is appropriately timed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, one of the inspirations for the 2018 theme of “Find Your Trail”.

The tree will follow a more than 3,000-mile journey that commemorates the second inspiration - 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, following a reverse path of the trail. This year’s tree is provided by The Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

Join us, Tuesday, November 20th from 3-5PM at Union Station’s front parking lot. 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. Complimentary food and drinks provided (for up to 800 people):

Complimentary Food:

  • Savory Snacks
    • Grilled Hot Dogs
    • Chicken Tenders
    • Soft Pretzel Twists 2 Way
      • Salted with Warm Cheese Dip
      • Cinnamon Sugar with Marshmallow Dip
  • Sweet Snacks
    • Caramel Dipped Apples | Assorted rolled toppings: mini chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, or sprinkles
    • Capitol Christmas Mix (Reindeer Mix - Popcorn, Chex Mix, Red and Green M&Ms, pretzels, and white chocolate)
    • S'mores Brownies (Graham Layer | Fudge Brownie | Toasted Mallow)
    • Jumbo Rice Crispy Treats with red and green drizzle
  • Beverages
    • Fresh Brewed Coffee
    • Hot Apple Cider
    • Hot Chocolate
    • Bottled Water

About the Capitol Christmas Tree

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or "The People’s Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.

In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide "The People’s Tree." This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.

The expanse of space in front of the station accommodates big outdoor events.