The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will be making a brief stop in Grand Junction on it's way to the U.S Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The 80-ft. Engelmann Spruce was harvested recently from the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho using a cross cut saw, rather than the traditional chain saw.

The tree will travel across the country in time to be placed on the west lawn of the Capitol Building and decorated with thousands of lights and ornaments prior to the tree lighting on December 6.

The Grand Junction community is invited to see the Capitol Christmas Tree when it passes through Grand Junction today.( November 16) The tree will be at the Cabela's parking lot at Mesa Mall from 6-8PM.

A big event has been planned for the occasion.There will be free photos with Santa, free horse-drawn carriage rides, games, and entertainment. Here's what to expect,

  • GJPD and the Colorado State Patrol will lead the 105' truck and trailer carrying the 80' Engelmann Spruce
  • Central High School JROTC Color Guard
  • Smokey Bear, Santa, and other VIP guests ride in on a horse-drawn carriage. (compliments of JR's Carriage Service)
  • Be sure to have the little ones bring their list so they can show Santa. (photos courtesy of Legacy Photography)
  • Music performances by Morgan Crouse who will sing our National Anthem
  • Kids Ornament Decorating Table and various holiday games
  • Coffee provided by Starbucks and Hot Chocolate provided by Ute Water
  • Holiday cookies compliments of Red Rock Radio and Homestyle Bakery
  • Booths and Exhibits on display

Two days later you can attend the annual Grand Junction tree lighting at 4th and Main in downtown Grand Junction.