Capitol Tree

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 Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors and Colorado Tourism, will bring this special gift from Colorado to Washington, D.C. for the 2020 holiday season.

Ten communities will host celebrations along the way, including a special appearance at Asheville Outlets on Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 3-6 p.m. During the three-hour viewing, both in-person and drive-by options will be available for interested visitors. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Face coverings are required, and social distancing protocols will be in effect.

Festivities during the tree’s visit to Asheville Outlets will include:

  • An appearance by Santa Claus
  • Hot Cocoa Station, ITeam Games & Photo Booth sponsored by Ingles Markets
  • Food Trucks
  • Live remotes with iHeart Media’s 99.9 KISS Country Eddie Fox, 104.3 STAR Ariel Rymer, and 570 WWNC Mark Starling
  • Toy Drive benefiting Eblen Charities

Under the theme, Experience Your Nature, the 55’ tall Engelmann Spruce was cut on the Uncompahgre National Forest on Nov.6 and prepared for the nearly 2,000-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of 10 outdoor community celebrations primarily within the state of Colorado and will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 20. The tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments specially created by Coloradans and will be lit in early December.

Follow along online at and @uscapitolchristmastree on Facebook and Instagram.

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