Capitol Christmas Tree


 A Celebration of Colorado's gift to the nation

 ALAMOSA. CO OCTOBER 22 – On November 10, 2012, the U.S. Forest Service with help from their nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors will be bringing the US Capitol Christmas Tree ( to Alamosa, and invites all people young and old to come celebrate this annual holiday tradition.  On November 2, the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested in the White River National Forest, near Meeker, CO. The tree will then be wrapped and transported to Washington, D.C. on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck which will be driven by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell.  
     The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will to be on display at 1:30 pm, Saturday, November 10, In downtown Alamosa. This stop will be one of many along the tree’s 23-day tour across Colorado and the country on its way to the nation’s capital.  All festivities with the Tree are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
     As the Tree travels the country, it will carry a message about sustainable forestry as well as invite people to assist with raising funds for the Forest Restoration Challenge.  This challenge was set up to help areas impacted by the massive wildfires which devastated areas near Colorado Springs and Fort Collins in the spring of 2012.  Those interested in donating can text any dollar amount to 303-502-5858 then donors will then be ask for some basic information to complete the donation.  In addition, Toys for Tots will be accepting donations of toys.
      Festivities being held while the Tree is in town will include a Welcome of the Capitol Christmas Tree by Mayor Kathy Rogers, entertainment, and photo opportunities.  Plan to spend the entire day downtown enjoying pre-Christmas excitement with local stores and restaurants.
      Mayor Kathy Rogers commented, "We are honored to have been chosen as a stop for the Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way to the White House! On November 10, we likely have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of sending such gift to our Nations Capitol. We hope to have a lot of people come out to help celebrate this momentous occasion!"
     Special events and opportunities to view the tree are being planned in every stop across the country.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be traveling with the Tree so be sure to have the little one's bring their list so they can show Santa.  
     “We’re working with city officials and volunteers across the country to make the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour an unforgettable experience of both giving back and celebrating the holiday season,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors.
     Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.” In early December, a tree lighting ceremony will take place and will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season. 
     Costs associated with the tree's transportation and tour events are made possible by contributions by individuals, corporations and local communities. Major sponsors include the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and The National Association of Convenience Stores.
     To track the tree’s route, visit or you can also follow the tree on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Pinterest (


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