Capitol Christmas Tree 2011

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at the West Front of the Capitol.

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Capitol Grounds staff prepares to deliver the Capitol Christmas tree to its new home on the West Lawn.

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The 118 year-old U.S. Capitol Christmas tree weighs 8,300 pounds and is 65 feet tall.

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Capitol Grounds staff used a crane to haul the tree to the West Lawn.

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Capitol Grounds staff prepares to ease the tree into its base, a five-foot deep slab of concrete.

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The weather was mild in Washington for the arrival of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

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Looking down the National Mall at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the Washington Monument.

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Grounds staff decorates the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn.

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The 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree moments before being lit by Speaker John Boehner.

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The 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

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10,000 LED lights shine brightly on the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, lit by House Speaker John Boehner. The 65-foot Sierra white fir is decorated with nearly 3,000 ornaments made by Californians in honor of this year's Capitol Christmas Tree theme, "California Shines."

The December 6 lighting ceremony on the Capitol's West Front Lawn featured the Summerville High School Choir that hails from the same Congressional District as the tree.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The 118-year-old tree will be lit daily, from nightfall until 11:00 p.m., through January 1, 2012.