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There will be a holiday festival Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in honor of the national Christmas tree from the Monongahela National Forest.
The last time a tree from West Virginia was displayed as the national Christmas tree was in 1976.
The State Capitol event will kick off with a parade and will include family-friendly activities showcasing winter offerings from around the state, including ice skating and a light display.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
“This year, the Christmas tree that will be showcased at the Capitol in Washington D.C. is from right here in our great state,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “We have the most beautiful forests in the country, and I’m so proud to see a piece of our state on display in the nation’s capital. Babydog and I look forward to seeing a huge crowd in Charleston next week as we celebrate this honor and kick off the holiday season!”
The event will begin at 5 p.m. as the tree makes its way west on the Kanawha Boulevard to the Capitol steps, led in by marching bands from Cabell Midland, Capitol, George Washington, Nitro, Poca and Saint Albans High Schools. Vendors from across the state will be set up along the Boulevard with fun programming for families including ice skating, cookie decorating, a letters to Santa station, extravagant light displays, a bonfire to roast s’mores, winter sport giveaways and more. The U.S. Forest Service will be present with a station for attendees to sign the banner for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
“With such a large portion of our visitors coming from the Washington DC metro area, we are thrilled with yet another opportunity to showcase the beauty of our great state,” Chelsea Ruby, West Virginia Tourism Secretary, said. “And to mark the occasion, we’ve got a great celebration planned in Charleston bringing together folks from around the state to show off our state’s best winter activities. Don’t miss the never-before opportunity to ice skate in front of the State Capitol and to roast your own s’more on the lawn. We hope you’re able to join us!”
After the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Charleston, the tour will continue in other locations in the Mountain State. The initiative is made possible with support from the presenting sponsor, 84 Lumber, and with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small, along with vital support from volunteers locally and across America.
Once the tree makes its way to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Washington D.C., the Architect of the Capitol will be decorating the tree with ornaments and tree skirts handmade from West Virginians.
The official tree will be on display to the public in the month of December.
West Virginia Tour Schedule
- Monday, Nov. 6 (Marlinton) 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mitchell Chevrolet
- Tuesday, Nov. 7 (Beckley & Charleston) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tamarack Marketplace and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. WV State Capitol Complex
- Wednesday, Nov. 8 (Huntington) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Highlawn Elementary School
- Thursday, Nov. 9 (Wheeling) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. White Palace at Wheeling Park
- Friday, Nov. 10 (Morgantown) 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. 84 Lumber
- Saturday, Nov. 11 (Morgantown) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Operation Welcome Home at Mylan Park and 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. WVU, 243 High St.
- Sunday, Nov. 12 (Upper Tract) 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Swilled Dog/Raymond’s Gymnastic Center
- Monday, Nov. 13 (Davis) 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 533 Building
- Tuesday, Nov. 14 (Romney) 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
- Wednesday, Nov. 15 (Harpers Ferry) 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center
- Thursday, Nov. 16 (Prince George’s County) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Joint Base Andrews (Base only)
- Friday, Nov. 17 Delivery to West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
In 2020, the Christmas tree in the White House’s Blue Room came from Jefferson County, West Virginia.
Visit uscapitolchristmastree.com/calendar throughout the tour for most recent schedule updates.
Track the tree’s journey at capitoltreetracker.com.
Follow the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Facebook for additional news.