Capitol Christmas Tree Travels Through Minnesota

MN-Capitol-TreeFor the past 50 years, a different national forest has been chosen to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree”, that sits on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season.

This year it’s Minnesota’s turn to celebrate as the Chippewa National Forest provides the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot tall white spruce. The tree is Minnesota’s first Christmas tree featured on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in 22 years.

You can join in the celebration!

A special event marking the arrival of the tree in the Twin Cities, will be held at Fort Snelling, MN on Saturday, November 8, from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm, at the Northern Star Council’s Base Camp.

While at this occasion, many activities will be featured:

  • Bon fires
  • Ornament decorating
  • Wreath-making demonstrations
  • An appearance by Smokey Bear
  • Cookie decorating
  • Archery and rock climbing for $5

A short program will take place at 4:30 pm, with local elected officials, Forest Service, and Department of Natural Resources representatives.

Food donations will also be collected by the City of Lakes Rotary Club of Minneapolis to benefit the Neighborhood Food Shelf.

More about the Christmas Tree Journey

The Christmas tree will be stopping in over 20 communities on its journey from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. Some of the highlights of this tour include:

  • One-hour documentary produced by Minnesota Public TV (LPTV).
  • A commemorative book created and produced by Lifetouch.
  • PeopleNet will track the tree cross-country, providing real time updates of the tree’s location.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of Minnesota history and celebrating of the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

More information can be found at


  1. Girl Scouts River Valleys says

    Hello Sara and Gerri, This is not a Girl Scout sponsored event, so there is not a patch available.