REGIONAL  –  This year’s United States Capitol Christmas Tree is about to embark on it’s great cross-country journey on it’s way to Washingston D.C.

The 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, today, November 2. It will then be prepared for shipping in Sweet Home, Oregon before beginning it’s 3,000-mile plus trip eastward on November 9th.

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn.

Since 1970, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide “The People’s Tree.”

The 2018 tree’s tour will stop in more than 25 communities along the way. The trek will follow the reverse path along the Oregon Trail, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act.

A series of festive events will be hosted by communities along the way where attendees can sign banners on the sides of the truck.

Within our coverage area, two cities in Idaho and one in Wyoming, will host Capitol Christmas Tree events. Pocatello, ID will host a stop on Friday, Nov. 16th at City Hall from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., and Soda Springs, ID will hold an event at City Park, on Nov. 16 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 17th, Ft. Bridger State Historic Site, in Fort Bridger, WY will host another stop on the tour, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

At the end of the road, the 2018 United States Capitol Christmas Tree will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony to follow in early December.