The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be making a stop in Grand Junction on its way to Washington, D.C.

The tree will be in Grand Junction on November 11, just five days after being cut down in the Uncompahgre National Forest on November 6. You can watch the cutting of the Englemann Spruce on a live stream on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Facebook Page. The forest is also providing about 70 smaller trees for displays in offices in the nation's capitol.

Your chance to see the tree in person will come on Wednesday, November 11 at the Grand Junction Convention Center from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The tree will be escorted into town by the Patriot Guard Riders and Grand Junction Police. You'll be able to grab some photos and sign the banners on the truck carrying the tree. There will be some speeches and a ceremony to honor veterans plus holiday music, hot cider and hot chocolate.

The tree will be making several stops in Colorado before heading out of state and on to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington. Here's a look at the tree tour in Colorado.

November 10: Norwood, 10:00am
                        1165 Summit Street
November 10: Montrose, 3:30pm
                        107 S. Cascade
November 11: Ouray,  9:30am
                        541 4th Street
November 11: Grand Junction, 5:30pm
                        159 Main Street
November 12: Paonia, 10:00am
                        Grand Avenue
November 12: Gunnison, 2:00pm
                        1099 N 11th Street
November 13: Salida, 11:00am
                        26 Jones Avenue
November 14: Denver, 5:00pm
                        7970 Northfield Blvd.
November 15: Burlington, 11:00am
                       815 15th Street

It's pretty cool to have a piece of western Colorado adoring the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building during the holidays. For the rest of the nation, they're just going to see a tree. For us, we will see Colorado all over it. The state has been asked to provide some 10,000 homemade ornaments for the capitol tree as well as the trees in other federal buildings.

The public is welcome to attend any of the tree events across the state, however, they do request face coverings and social distancing. Hopefully, this can be the start of a wonderful holiday season.

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