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Capitol Christmas Tree – Pic of the Week

Each year, the Architect of the Capitol spruces up the Capitol’s west front lawn with a tremendous Christmas tree. While the tradition of trimming a tree at the Capitol goes back more than 50 years, the current tradition of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service providing the tree began in 1970. This year’s 84-foot white fir tree hails from Six Rivers National Forest in California. Each year, the grounds division of the Architect of the Capitol is tasked with selecting a tree from a list of nominations provided by the nine national regions of the Forest Service.

Picture of the lit and decorated Christmas tree on the U.S. Capitol's West front lawn.

2021 Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo by Robert Brammer.

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  1. Mike W.
    December 9, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I’ve always preferred the Capitol tree to the
    White House tree in my opinion…

  2. Zsuzsa
    December 9, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Are we sure that there is a tree underneath all that?

  3. Lisa
    December 9, 2021 at 10:56 am


  4. Athena Stafyla
    December 10, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Very nicely made. Wonderful!

  5. Kevin Cox
    December 17, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Beautiful setting of our Capitol.

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