The Capitol Christmas Tree’s final destination is right here in the shadow of the Capitol Dome, but first, this 88-foot-tall white spruce will spread holiday cheer in a town near you.  In keeping with tradition, the tree will make nearly 30 stops as it travels 2,000 miles to our capital city.

It all starts next week with a public cutting ceremony in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.  The forest’s supervisor will make remarks, and a traditional blessing will be offered by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe members.  Minnesota’s Logger of the Year, Jim Scheff, who runs a family-owned logging and trucking business in nearby Marcell, will do the honors of cutting the tree.       

The tree will then appear in seven different states, where preparations are already underway.  One stop will be the Mayo Clinic, where children have already planted a permanent tree for the holidays.  All the tour dates – including three stops in the Speaker’s home state of Ohio – are available here

In late November, the tree will arrive in Washington, where it will be entrusted to the professionals from the Architect of the Capitol’s team and trimmed with 10,000 ornaments from Minnesota communities. 

Then, with some carols and the flip of a switch, the spruce will light up the West Front Lawn of the Capitol for the holiday season. 

More updates soon, but for now, you can watch last year’s tree-lighting ceremony here: