Selection of 2019 US Capitol Christmas tree begins in Carson National Forest

New Mexico
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This Oct. 3, 2012 photo shows fall color along the 85-mile loop in Northern New Mexico known as the Enchanted Circle. Visitors can head out from Taos and take in scenery from Kit Carson National Forest, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and the Moreno Valley, along with towns like Questa, Red River, Angel Fire […]

While Christmas is still months, the search for 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from Carson National Forest is expected to get underway.

The tree that will be displayed on the Capitol building’s West Lawn will come from the Questa Ranger District in the Carson National Forest.

In the spring of 2019, a selection of trees that range from 65 to 80 feet will be identified by Carson National Forest staff. Then, in early summer, staff from the Architect of the Capitol will visit the forest and select the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the candidate trees.

What does a tree need to be considered?

  • Must be between 65-85 feet tall
  • Have a straight stem
  • Uniform branching
  • Perfectly conical shape
  • Natural density
  • A rich, green color

The tree will be cut in November. Once it’s cut, the tree will visit a number of communities throughout New Mexico before it journeys to Washington D.C. 

New Mexicans will also have a chance to contribute 10,000 ornaments. These ornaments will decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and more than 70 companion trees that will be located in offices throughout Washington D.C. 

The tree will be officially lit during a public ceremony officiated by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives along with representatives from New Mexico’s delegation. The ceremony is held on the West Lawn during the first week of December. The tree will remain lit through January 2. 

The U.S. Forest Service has provided the Capitol Christmas Tree every year since 1970. 

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