D.C. Gets in the Holiday Spirit

Nov. 26, 2012, 10:23 a.m.

Each year since 1964, the U.S. Cap­it­ol Build­ing lawn has spor­ted a tower­ing Christ­mas tree for all to en­joy. This year, the Cap­it­ol Christ­mas tree—a 73-foot En­gel­mann spruce—was shipped in from the White River Na­tion­al Forest in Col­or­ado. 

From Dec. 4 un­til Dec. 26, the tree will be lit from night­fall un­til 11 p.m. each night, il­lu­min­at­ing the 5,000-plus or­na­ments dec­or­at­ing the tree. 

The tree ar­rived at the Cap­it­ol on Nov. 26. Check back for up­dates as the tree gets spruced up (pun in­ten­ded) and else­where in D.C. as the city pre­pares for end-of-the-year fest­iv­it­ies.