U.S. Capitol’s Giant 84-Foot Christmas Tree Visits Bay Area on Nov. 1
This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree hails from Northern California, and Bay Area residents will get a chance to see it Monday as part of its three-week, multi-state trek to Washington, D.C.
The free “People’s Tree” event is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal and features a proclamation by city officials, entertainment, music, ornament making, raffles, games and refreshments.
November 1 – Vallejo, CA
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Vallejo Waterfront Ferry Stop – 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA 94590
Each year, the U.S. Forest Service selects a tree from one of its 154 national forests to display on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building for the holiday season. The Six Rivers National Forest, located in Trinity County northeast of Eureka, in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors, is transporting the 84-foot white fir nicknamed “Sugar Bear” in a customized semi with a glass viewing window.
This is the first time in a decade that the Capitol Christmas tree has come from the Golden State. The tree will then make a stop in Dixon on Tuesday on its way to Sacramento and is set to arrive on November 19 in Washington, D.C.
Members of the public can track the tree on its journey.
The 2021 holiday season will kick off with the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in early December. In addition, up to 100 smaller companion trees and tree skirts, along with 14,000 ornaments, handmade by Californians, will be sent to Washington, DC.
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The Capitol Christmas Tree, or the People’s Tree, was harvested from @SixRiversNF on Saturday, Oct. 23, and it’s on its way to Washington, D.C. This year, its nickname is Sugar Bear! Follow @USCapitolTree. #USCapitolChristmasree #PeoplesTree #ManyPeoplesOneTree pic.twitter.com/foFqMqXq1T
— USDA Forest Service (@forestservice) October 26, 2021