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SAN ANTONIO (November 8, 2019) – Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest, in partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department and nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors, will bring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. by way of a cross-country tour involving more than 25 communities along the way. Join us as the tree makes a special stop at The Alamo on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (the tree will arrive at 6 p.m.). Well-wishers will have a chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck, learn more about the Carson National Forest and the state of New Mexico, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise and more. Enjoy visits from Santa, free hot chocolate for the first 250 guests, and other family-friendly activities! Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
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 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.
“We are grateful to the host cities, including San Antonio, who play a vital part of bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration,” said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.
For more information about the tree’s visit to The Alamo, please visit the Facebook event page. For news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.