Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Kootenai National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, will bring this year’s tree from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than fifteen communities along the way, including an appearance in Paducah for the second year in a row.
The tree will arrive here on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Eve) and will be available for viewing in conjunction with the kick-off to Paducah Power System’s Christmas in the Park. The Christmas in the Park Lighting Ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. on November 22 in front of the Noble Park Pool.
Festivities during the tree’s visit will include the lighting ceremony for Christmas in the Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Walk Under the Lights that will allow participants to see the lights up close. Independence Bank will sponsor horse drawn trolley rides by John’s Pass Carriage Company. Lone Oak First Baptist Church will provide a shuttle service from the Park Avenue Kroger parking lot. All activities are free and open to the public.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible thanks to companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. The tree will be cut in November and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations and culminates with the official tree lighting in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with ornaments created by Montanans.
For related news, events, and tour information and to track the tree cross-country, visit Capitol Christmas Tree.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Paducah on Monday November 21, 2016, and Tuesday November 22, 2016, as it made its way from Payette National Forest in Idaho to the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. A large community event showcasing the tree was held on November 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Noble Park at the parking lot next to the baseball fields.
Also, Paducah Power System hosted its lighting ceremony for Christmas in the Park on Monday November 21 at 5:30 pm in front of the pool house at Noble Park. Immediately afterward, the park was closed to vehicular traffic until 7pm so that people could walk under the lights and enjoy the displays on foot. During the Walk Under the Lights, people were able to walk next to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, see it up close, and sign the banner!
Click below for more information on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree:
A list of activities for the November 22nd Community Event include:
Community and regional partners hosting this event include: