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2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree: The Lighting Ceremony Date Change


Dec 4, 2018

SOURCE: The Architect of the Capitol


Monday, December 3, 2018
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service.

This year’s tree, sponsored by the Oregon Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, was chosen from the Willamette National Forest. The tree was harvested on November 2, 2018, and traveled cross-country to Washington, D.C. by truck.

The Capitol Christmas Tree made stops in communities along the route to the nation’s capital and arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. The AOC’s Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team secured the tree and decorated it with thousands of handcrafted ornaments from the people of Oregon.

The tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Thursday, December 6, 2018*, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m.

The annual lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a time-honored tradition of more than 50 years. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2019.

Learn more about the tree selection process on AOC’s blog.

Photo above is of the 2017 tree.

*Editor’s Note: The Lighting Ceremony was originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 5. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 6, 2018.