U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Albuquerque: Nov 13
The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is en route from Colorado to Washington D.C. and that means we get to see it in Albuquerque! This year’s tree is an Engelmann Spruce standing 73 feet tall and it’s being transported on a 105-foot truck. You can bet your life I’ll find myself driving behind that baby.
The tree will be on display in Albuquerque on Tuesday November 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the New Mexico National Guard Armory Building, 600 Wyoming Boulevard NE. According to an Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau press release the free event includes a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, toting hot chocolate, cider and cookies, and during the event you can donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection.
(Note: The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree in Albuquerque site says 4 pm to 6:30 pm, so turn up early if you want and take your chances.)
The tree is on its way to the U.S. Capitol, where it will be decorated and ceremonially lit. Each year, a different National Forest provides the tree and this year it’s the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colorado.
The last time New Mexico supplied the Christmas tree was in 2005 from the Santa Fe National Forest, so it probably won’t be our turn again any time soon. This is your chance to see the People’s Tree before it heads to the U.S. Capitol lawn, to be lit by House Speaker John Boehner and admired by people all over the world.
If this inspires you to think about your own Christmas tree, don’t forget about the Home Depot Christmas light trade-in deal I mentioned before, running until November 14.