The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will begin its tour around Idaho on Saturday following Wednesday’s 11 a.m. ceremony to fell it with a traditional crosscut saw at Little Ski Hill in the Payette National Forest, just west of McCall, according to a news release from Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador.
The tree is an 80-foot Engelmann spruce.
The tree tour schedule includes one stop in the Western Treasure Valley: Tuesday, Nov. 8, on Main Street in Weiser, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Isabella Gerard of Boise will help throw the switch when the tree is lit in Washington, D.C. C-SPAN will cover the Dec. 6 tree lighting at 3 p.m. MST.
The tree from the Payette National Forest is the second U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Idaho. It was chosen from among four finalists that met specifications set by the Architect of the Capitol. Idahoans created 18,000 ornaments to decorate the big tree and companion trees from Idaho that will grace many sites in Washington including the offices of Idaho’s Congressional Delegation.