SANTA FE, NM – Nov. 8, 2019 – The magnificent New Mexico blue spruce chosen to grace the west front of the U.S. Capitol this holiday season will make two stops on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) next week as it begins its journey to Washington, D.C.
Harvested this week from the Carson National Forest, the 60-foot 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree will begin its cross-country tour Monday with 16 stops across New Mexico before heading east to Washington. Events are planned in 30 communities along the entire route, and the tree’s journey can be tracked in real time at capitoltreetracker.com. The tree’s full itinerary is posted on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s dedicated website.
Members of the public are invited to join the celebration at stops in Cuba and Santa Fe on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
- Cuba – 1:30-2:15 p.m. – St. Francis of Assisi Park, 31-51 State Highway 126
- Santa Fe – 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM
On Thursday, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree heads south for a 10:30 a.m. appearance at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque.
The 2019 tree is accompanied by 10,000 ornaments handmade by New Mexicans to reflect the state’s rich culture, history, people, landscapes, natural resources and wildlife. A public tree-lighting ceremony will be held at the U.S. Capitol in early December.
The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree started in 1964. This is the third time the Land of Enchantment has provided “The People’s Tree.” In 1991, the Carson National Forest sent another blue spruce to the U.S. Capitol, and the SFNF provided an Engelmann spruce in 2005.