On November 3, the citizens of Meeker will have the opportunity to help kick off festivities for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The Meeker Chamber of Commerce, White River National Forest and nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors, invite all to come help celebrate a national tradition.
The tree is schedule to arrive in downtown Meeker around 4:30pm on November 2. All are invited to greet the tree, join the Mayor’s Reception, hear the Meeker Elementary School 5th grade students sing patriotic songs, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and sign the banner on the truck which will transport the tree across the country on its way to Washington, D.C.
The festivities continue in downtown Meeker on Saturday, November 3. The celebration begins at 2:00pm and will include fun for all ages. Kids can enjoy a bounce house, stilt walker show, and warm themselves by the fire pits.
2:00pm: Free “5K Capitol Christmas Tree Trot” walking and running race
2:00 – 5:00pm: the tree banner will be available for signing
2:00 – 7:00pm: Street fair
4:00pm: Chipeta Lake Drummers and Southern Ute Cultural Center Dancers, traditional dance demonstration
4:30 – 5:30pm: Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
5:30pm: The Tree will be presented by the US Forest Service and government dignitaries
6:30pm: The “Seussical Jr.” singers will perform several songs
7:00pm: Parade of Lights with a fireworks show immediately following
The community is invited to celebrate Colorado’s gift to the nation, the Capitol Christmas Tree, and give back this holiday season by donating to Toys for Tots, and supporting the Forest Reforestation Challenge to raise awareness and funds for Colorado’s fire-impacted forests. “We’re working with city officials and volunteers across the country to make the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour an unforgettable experience for giving back and celebrating the holiday season,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors.
Following the celebration in Meeker, the tree will be wrapped and start its journey across Colorado after which it will travel across the country prior to its arrival in Washington, D.C. Stops along the Capitol Christmas Tree Tour will include the following:
November 6 – Rangely-Steamboat Springs
November 7 – Dillon – Glenwood Springs
November 8 – Grand Junction – Montrose
November 9 – Cortez – Durango
November 10 – Pagosa – Alamosa
November 11 – Colorado Springs – Denver
November 12 – Greeley – LaJunta
November 13 – Albuquerque, NM
November 14 – Amarillo, TX
November 15 – Dallas, TX
November 16 – Oklahoma City, OK
November 17 – Independence (Kansas City), MO
November 18 – St. Louis, MO
November 19 – Nashville, TN
November 20 – Atlanta, GA
November 21 – Asheville, NC
November 22 – Concord, NC
November 23 – Staunton, VA
November 24 – Allentown, PA – Milford, PA
November 25 – Andrews AFB
November 26 – U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building where it will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments created by Coloradans illustrating this year’s theme of “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.” In early December, a tree lighting ceremony will take place with Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner. After the lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit nightly from dusk until 11:00pm throughout the holiday season.
Costs associated with the tree’s transportation and tour events are made possible by contributions of cash and in-kind services by individuals, corporations, and local communities. Major sponsors include the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks, The National Association of Convenience Stores, and Vail Resorts.
To track the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com. You can also follow the tree on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapitolChristmasTree2012, Twitter: www.twitter.com/CapitolTree2012 and Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/capitoltree2012/.