The following is an overview of upcoming events being planned in connection with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour in California and across the country:

  • Nov. 10: The tree will arrive in Modesto at 10 a.m. and Merced by 2 p.m., with stops allowing people to sign the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree banner.
  • Nov. 11:  The tree will be showcased in the Fresno Veterans Day Parade in late morning (beginning about 11 a.m.) and will make a stop at the Fresno Children’s Hospital in Madera about 2 p.m. The tree is also scheduled to arrive in Kingsburg between 4 and 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 12:  The tree will be at the Saugus Speedway/Swap Meet in the city of Santa Clarita from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 13:  The tree will be in Los Angeles at the parking lot of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park, near the Los Angeles Zoo between 9 and 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 14:  The tree is scheduled to make stops in Rancho Cucamonga and Barstow.
  • Nov. 15: Travel Day.
  • Nov. 16:  Gallup, N.M. Activities are being planned for the afternoon in Gallup, including presentations by city officials, a high school choir and a safe trip blessing from a Navajo Medicine Man.
  • Nov. 17: Gallup, N.M. to Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Nov. 18: Santa Fe, N.M. to Amarillo, Texas.
  • Nov. 19:  Amarillo, Texas to Tinker Air Force Base, near Oklahoma City.
  • Nov. 20: Tinker Air Force Base to Ft. Leonard Wood, near Waynesville, Mo.
  • Nov. 21: Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to Santa Claus, Ind. Children’s activities are being planned for mid-afternoon outside the Santa Claus Christmas Store, which will offer hot chocolate and fudge samples during an event celebrating the arrival of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
  • Nov. 22:  Santa Claus, Ind. to Cherokee, N.C.
  • Nov. 23:  The tree is scheduled to be at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee, N.C. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day begins with a traditional gift exchange between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wok Indians and will be followed by a musical presentation by the Cherokee Elementary Chorus and Kituwah Language Academy students. Students will also be able to make their own holiday ornaments after the formal event.
  • Nov. 24: Cherokee, N.C., to Greensboro, N.C. The tree is scheduled to be on display from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. just outside of a seasonal ice skating rink in Greensboro’s downtown area.
  • Nov. 25: Newport News, Va., Oyster Point City Center.
  • Nov. 26:  Hershey, Pa., Hershey Entertainment Complex.
  • Nov. 27 Hershey, Pa.
  • Nov. 28:  The tree arrives in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec. 5:  A tribal elder from the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wok Indians blesses a Christmas tree from Stanislaus National Forest that will be erected at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the Native American.
  • Dec. 6th:  U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Mall. The event is open to the public.