ST. GEORGE – Red Cliffs Mall welcomes the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree for a stopover on its way from Washington state to Washington D.C. The tree will be stopping at the Red Cliffs Mall in St. George on Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. for a community evening of entertainment, photo ops and a chance to sign the banner that will travel with the tree to Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Christmas tree is Washington state’s gift to the United States this year, bearing the theme “Sharing Washington’s Good Nature.” It is an 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce cut from Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state on Nov. 1. It was one of several candidates chosen by the Colville National Forest staff for the superintendent of the Capitol grounds to choose from in June.
The tree proceeds from Washington City to Sedona then Flagstaff, Ariz., on to Albuquerque, N.M., and so forth eastward for late November arrival at the Capitol building. There it will be lowered into a 5-foot-deep hole, strung with lights, decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments made by residents of Washington state.
In December, the Speaker of the House, along with one Washington child, will light the tree for the first time. It will then be lit at dusk daily as it graces the west front lawn of the Capitol building throughout the Christmas season.
“The Holidays are such a fun time of year,” Red Cliffs Mall’s general manager, Heather Cox, said. “We are thrilled to be a part of this celebration
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4-7 p.m.
- Where: Red Cliffs Mall, 1770 E. Red Cliffs Dr., St. George.
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