On Dec. 2, members of the public will have an opportunity to see the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree all aglow after it made the long journey from Seward, Alaska to Washington, D.C.
Since 1970, the U.S. Forest Service has chosen a different national forest to contribute the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
For the first time ever, Alaska will contribute the tree that sits on the west lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. It’s commonly known as the ‘People’s Tree.’ An 80-foot truck fueled with Shell diesel transported the tree across the country to Washington, D.C. this past fall.
The tree began its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. About 15 community celebrations took place throughout the journey, and the nationwide celebration culminates with the official tree lighting on Dec. 2.
Over 4,000 handmade Alaskan ornaments designed and created by community groups, artists and school children across Alaska decorate the tree along with numerous companion trees that reside in congressional offices.