2013 Capitol Christmas Tree

Capitol Grounds staff prepare to move the Capitol Christmas Tree to the West Front Lawn.

Capitol Grounds staff prepare to move the Capitol Christmas Tree to the West Front Lawn.
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The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree is an 88-foot Engleman spruce from Colville National Forest in Washington.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree is an 88-foot Engleman spruce from Colville National Forest in Washington.

Capitol Grounds staff used a crane to transport the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree to its home on the West Front Lawn.

Capitol Grounds staff used a crane to transport the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree to its home on the West Front Lawn.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree gets a fresh cut.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree gets a fresh cut.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree.

2013 Capitol Christmas Tree was lit on December 3.

House Speaker John Boehner lit the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree on December 3.

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington on November 25, 2013.

From Colville National Forest in Washington state to the U.S. Capitol’s West Front Lawn in Washington, DC, an 88-foot tall Engelman spruce covered more than 5000 miles on its journey to stand as the 2013 National Christmas Tree.

The tree, which was harvested on November 1, stopped in 22 communities on its way to the nation’s capital. It will be decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments from The Evergreen State that reflect this year’s theme, “Sharing Washington’s Good Nature.”

House Speaker John Boehner lit the tree during a ceremony on December 3, 2013. It will shine between nightfall and 11:00 p.m. through January 1, 2014.