The state of Arizona is planning to deliver the 45th Capitol Christmas tree across more than 2,000 miles.
The 85-foot blue spruce tree is scheduled to arrive on the morning of Monday, Nov. 30. Officials plan to secure the tree in the ground and decorate it with around 5,000 ornaments crafted by Arizonans.
One of the tree’s sponsors, Allegra Print and Imaging company, has set up a website, capitolchristmastree2009.org, to track the tree from Arizona to Washington, D.C. as it makes its journey.
The tree was harvested from Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest this past Saturday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is scheduled to host a lighting ceremony Dec. 8 on the West Front lawn.
Pelosi's ceremony will fall less than a week after President Barack Obama is scheduled to light the National Christmas Tree on December 3 at the White House Ellipse.
An online lottery was held in early November for the more than 10,000 free tickets to the event, which will feature musicians Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The White House has yet to announce the geographic origin of the National Christmas Tree.