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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Make Stop at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza

“People’s Tree” delivering enchantment on cross-country journey from New Mexico to Washington, DC.

November 10, 2019

The City of Albuquerque is kicking off the holiday season with a visit from the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way to Washington, D.C., where it will stand in front of the Capitol through the holidays. The Carson National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors, will bring this special gift to Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza on Thursday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“New Mexico is home to some of the best holiday traditions and most beautiful forests, and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is coming from right here in the Land of Enchantment,” stated Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re inviting all of Albuquerque to Civic Plaza on Thursday to see the tree and enjoy some holiday festivities.”

Under the theme of Delivering Enchantment, the 60-foot tall Blue Spruce was cut on the Questa Ranger District on Nov. 6 and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of community celebrations Nov. 11-25 throughout New Mexico and across the U.S. and will culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn 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 10,000 handmade ornaments created by New Mexicans.

Festivities during the tree’s visit to Albuquerque on Nov. 14 will include special performances by St. Mary’s Catholic School choir, Mariachi Vaquilla, and the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group from Acoma Pueblo. There will be a blessing by Acoma Pueblo Governor Ron Shutiva and remarks by City officials along with a special appearance by the Smokey Bear hot air balloon. Food vendors will be on hand with a variety of snack and lunch options.

“We are grateful to the host cities such as Albuquerque who play a vital part of bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration,” said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources.