2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

arrival at the West Front

The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at the West Front of the Capitol.

A member of the Capitol Grounds staff prepares to move the Capitol Christmas tree to the West Front Lawn.

A member of the Capitol Grounds staff prepares to move the Capitol Christmas tree to the West Front Lawn.

65-foot Engelman spruce

The 2012 Capitol Christmas tree is a 65-foot Engelman spruce from Colorado's Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

a fresh cut

Capitol Grounds staff gave the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree a fresh cut before placing it on the West Front Lawn.

moving the tree into place

Capitol Grounds staff maneuvers the massive Capitol Christmas tree into place on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol.

Star on top of the tree

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The tree is on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol.

The tree is on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol.

The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington on November 26, 2012.

A 74-year-old, 65-foot Engelman spruce from Colorado’s Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest arrived at the U.S. Capitol’s West Front Lawn on November 26 to stand as the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

Harvested on November 2, the tree stopped at 28 communities along its 1,700 mile journey to Washington. It has been decorated with 5,000 ornaments, handmade by Coloradans, marking this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree theme, “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.”

House Speaker John Boehner lit the tree during a ceremony on December 4, 2012. It will shine between nightfall and 11:00 p.m. until December 26.