From the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo by Megan Podeszwa
2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

A 118 year-old Sierra White Fur made it’s way across the country from the Stanislaus National Forest in California to Washington, D.C. with various stops along its twenty-day tour across the country.  Upon arriving in DC, the 63-foot tree was decorated with 10,000 LED Christmas lights and 3,000 ornaments.  The ornaments hanging from the tree all exhibit the “California Shines” themes and were created by native California residents. 

The tree now lights up the West Lawn of the Capitol and will be lit from dusk until 11:00 pm daily until January 1, 2012.

Peace on Earth: