Red Cliffs Mall welcomes D.C.’s Capitol Christmas tree

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.

Washington state's gift to the U.S. The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree on the road to D.C. | Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Mall, St. George News
Washington state’s gift to the U.S. The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree on the road to D.C. | Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Mall, St. George News

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

To see the tree’s route, click here.  To follow the Capitol Christmas Tree’s progress across the nation, click here.

Event details

  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4-7 p.m.
  • Where: Red Cliffs Mall, 1770 E. Red Cliffs Dr., St. George.

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1 Comment

  • DB November 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    If you dig deeper into the links provided above, this large tree and equally large rig are to pause at the truck stop at Brigham Rd. I’m thinking it will never make it out of the Bloomington double roundabout 🙂 Not only will the city have a great Christmas tree this year but we’ll have enough firewood to last the winter!

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