What is in this article?:
- Capitol Christmas tree begins journey to Washington
- Capitol Christmas Tree Tour
- 'People’s Tree' begins 4,500 mile, 20 day journey.
- Capitol Christmas tree has begun its 4,500-mile trek from the Stanislaus National Forest in northern California to Washington, D.C., using clean diesel technology.
Capitol Christmas Tree Tour
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.