This year's Capitol Christmas Tree comes all the way from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. Standing at 79-feet tall, with a 5-foot, handmade, copper star atop, the tree that once stood tall in Big Sky Country now lights the night on the West Front of the United States Capitol. Scroll on for photos from this week's lighting ceremony.

WASHINGTON—Tonight, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) participated in the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the West Front Lawn, where he was joined by 11-year-old Montanan Ridley Brandmayr, who helped flip the light switch for the holiday season. An annual tradition, this year’s tree hails from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana and will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m.

A little—OK, a lot of—rain didn't stop Speaker Ryan and hundreds of others from around the country from kicking off the Christmas season last week. From the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree lit up the sky, where it will continue to do so every evening through Christmas night.

This year's Capitol Christmas Tree is ready to be lit, and we for one are excited about it. (Heck, I started writing this post three months ago.) Rain or shine, the tree lighting ceremony gets underway tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET, and it will air on speaker.gov/live.

The tree

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