The Capitol Christmas tree has arrived on the Hill. John Schank from Fairbanks, Alaska, drove the 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree to the West Front of the Capitol Friday.
It's the first Capitol Christmas tree to come Alaska and also the first tree to be transported by sea, according to the Capitol Christmas Tree website . It was cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska, and sent on a 4,000-mile expedition by land and by sea. The tree will be decorated with about 2,000 ornaments that reflect the Last Frontier State's natural and cultural resources made by kids and community groups from Alaska.
This year's tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to take place on Dec. 2.