Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Kootenai National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, will bring this year’s tree from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than fifteen communities along the way, including an appearance in Paducah for the second year in a row.
The tree will arrive here on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Eve) and will be available for viewing in conjunction with the kick-off to Paducah Power System’s Christmas in the Park. The Christmas in the Park Lighting Ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. on November 22 in front of the Noble Park Pool.
Festivities during the tree’s visit will include the lighting ceremony for Christmas in the Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Walk Under the Lights that will allow participants to see the lights up close. Independence Bank will sponsor horse drawn trolley rides by John’s Pass Carriage Company. Lone Oak First Baptist Church will provide a shuttle service from the Park Avenue Kroger parking lot. All activities are free and open to the public.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible thanks to companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. The tree will be cut in November and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations and culminates with the official tree lighting in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with ornaments created by Montanans.
For related news, events, and tour information and to track the tree cross-country, visit Capitol Christmas Tree.