Capitol Christmas Tree makes stop in Charleston

By Matthew Young, RealWV,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 63-foot Norway Spruce, harvested from the Monongahela National Forest, made a stop in West Virginia’s Capital City on Tuesday, before moving on to Washington, D.C. Once it arrives in the nation’s capitol, the tree will serve as “The People’s Tree,” and remain on display throughout the holiday season.

West Virginia last supplied the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in 1976. That year’s “People’s Tree” was also harvested from the Monongahela National Forest.

The event included family-friendly activities, such as ice skating, vendors, and a light display on the Capitol lawn. The tree itself was paraded down Kanawha Boulevard, in a procession led by marching bands from Cabell Midland, Capitol, George Washington, Scott, Nitro, Poca, and Saint Albans High Schools. The U.S. Forest Service was on hand with a banner for attendees to sign that will be displayed beside the tree.

Scott High School Marching Band. Video by Matthew Young, RealWV.

2023 Marks the third time West Virginia has had the distinction of providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

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