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 non profit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than 15 communities along the way including an appearance in Dickinsonon Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST, Downtown Dickinson, on Sims, between Villard St. and 1st St.
The tree will be cut in November and prepared for the more than 2,000-mileexpedition, 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.
Festivities during the tree’s visit to Dickinson will include a visit by Santa Claus for the children, US Forest Service representative, the Dickinson State University Choir and Santa’s Brass performing for the public. Local food vendors will be set up. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
“We are honored that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will visit Dickinson on its way to Washington, D.C.” said Mayor Scott Decker. “Our community looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the joy it will bring to our own community this holiday.”
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.
For more information on the Dickinson tour stop, visit www.visitdickinson.com/events. For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.