"A Gift from the Land of Enchantment"
Capitol Holiday Tree LogoBig Tesuque-Santa Fe National Forest in the Fall, photo

Honorary Guests

The Project

New Mexico has been given the honor once again to provide "The People's Tree" for Capitol Hill, and 65 "Companion Trees" for other government offices in Washington D.C. This gift to the nation is from our entire state and we would like to get everyone involved in this exciting project.

In November, the tree will be cut and will travel through New Mexico before heading to Washington D.C. In December, the Capitol Holiday Tree will grace the west front lawn of Capitol Hill facing the Washington Monument. The tree will be decorated with 10,000 lights and over 4,000 handcrafted ornaments from New Mexico students, individuals, and organizations. The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a New Mexico student will light the Capitol Holiday Tree during a special ceremony that is viewed by millions of people nationwide.

This historic event is a great opportunity to promote New Mexico's rich culture and natural beauty and show our pride in our state. The Capitol Holiday Tree's entire journey from New Mexico to our nation's capitol is an enormous endeavor, and will be funded with private donations and coordinated by volunteers.

The Tree

During his July visit to New Mexico, Matthew Evans, U.S. Capitol Landscape Architect, toured the Santa Fe National Forest to judge the “beauty contest of trees”. After two long days of examining nine candidate trees that were pre-selected by Forest personnel, Matthew selected this year's Capitol Holiday Tree. This year's tree is a 80-foot Engelmann Spruce found at 8,500 feet in elevation.

In addition to the big tree, 65 smaller Companion Trees provided by New Mexico tree growers and donated by various vendors will be distributed among several Washington, D.C. government offices including: New Mexico Delegation offices, the Supreme Court, Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, the National Arboretum, the Botanical Garden, the U.S. Senate and more.

Our Mission

Through partnerships and community involvement the Capitol Holiday Tree Group will proudly deliver a premier New Mexico tree to our Nation's Capitol in 2005.

The Journey

We invite participation from all New Mexicans. You can:

  • Make an Ornament
  • Host a celebration as the tree travels through your community
"A partnership project of the USDA Forest Service, Tree New Mexico, and the State of New Mexico"
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