U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Paducah on way to Washington

Folks in Paducah will get a look at the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree this year before it goes up in Washington, the city announced. 

The city says there will be a celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The tree will stop in Paducah on its way from the Payette National Forest in Idaho to U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 

The family-friendly event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Noble Park in the parking lot next to the baseball fields. There, you can sign the banner that travels with the National Tree, which will be displayed in Washington, D.C. 

Visiting Paducah with the tree will be Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, according to the Paducah Parks Department. The U.S. Forest Service will provide photo opportunities with the tree, as well as nature stations, interpretive displays, and souvenirs. The Paducah Parks Department says area schools will perform holiday music. 

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the People’s Tree, began in 1964 when Rep. John McCormack placed a live tree on the Capitol lawn. The 2016 tree is an 80-foot Engelmann spruce, which will be cut on Nov. 2 in Idaho and be prepared to make the 2,000-mile journey to Washington.

To lean more and track the tree on its route to the Capitol, click here

For more information on the Paducah event, contact Paducah Parks Services at 270-444-8508.

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