Lighting of the US Capitol Christmas Tree


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The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual US Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service. This year’s tree was chosen from Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

Harvested on November 6, 2019, this special tree has traveled cross-country to Washington DC, where it is decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments from the people of New Mexico. The tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on December 4, 2019, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn.

The annual lighting of the US Capitol Christmas Tree is a time-honored tradition of more than 50 years. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 pm each evening through January 1, 2020.

What: Lighting of the US Capitol Christmas Tree
When: Dec 4, 2019 (and live nightly until Jan 1, 2020); find the time(s) here
Where: US Capitol, West Front Lawn, First St. SE, Washington, DC 20004
Event Details: Find them here

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