on December 9, 2007
Starting in 1964 a Christmas tree has been annually lit on the lawn behind (side towards the National Mall) the Capitol Building. The first few years the trees came from nurseries or were cut down from Maryland. In 1970, the tradition of getting the tree from National Forests began and ever year since then the Capitol Christmas tree has been provided by a National Forest. The 2007 tree is a Balsam Fir from the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. It is 60 feet tall. The tree was lit on December 5 this year and will stay on display through the end of the year.There is not much to see if you go to see the Capitol Christmas Tree, although it does make a festive photo opportunity with the Capitol. It is also right next to the United States Botanic Gardens, which has an amazing train and replica building holiday display worth seeing, so combining a visit to this tree with a visit there makes the most sense.
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