Capitol Christmas tree arrives in Washington, D.C. after 13-day journey from North Carolina

Christmas dawned in Washington, DC on Friday morning as the 2022 Capitol Christmas tree arrived at the US Capitol.

‘Ruby’, the name of this year’s tree, is a 78-foot-tall red spruce from North Carolina, and was harvested in the Pigsshaw National Forest.

Tree and his traveling party left North Carolina for the capitol during the first week of November. Live tracking of the tree’s journey began on 5 November and ended with the last stop on 18 November.

Ruby the Red Spruce made 16 stops along the way, and at each one, fans could sign a banner, participate in arts and crafts, and learn more about America’s National Forests.

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The tree was moved to its usual spot on the Capitol’s West Lawn at 6 a.m. Friday. Crews spent most of the morning getting the tree off the truck and into its upright position on Capitol Hill.

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The official lighting ceremony will take place on 30 November.

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According to the tree’s Twitter page, the ruby ​​will be lit by Catcuse Miko Tiger (Koche), a fourth grader from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC.

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