WASHINGTON D.C. (WVUE) - The Capitol Christmas tree arrived in D.C. after making an extra long cross-country trip.
This year's tree comes from Alaska's Chugach National Forest. It's the first tree that had to travel by land and sea to reach Washington.
The 74 foot Lutz Spruce started its trip near Seward, Alaska back in October. During its 4,000 mile journey, the tree made stops in Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington and cities in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana and Ohio. Crews had to design a special trailer to support the tree's massive trunk and branches.
The tree will be decorated with thousands of LED lights and ornaments handmade by children from communities across Alaska.
"I'd like to thank the wonderful people from the great state of Alaska, as well as the US Forest Service, for selecting this Lutz spruce for us. Thanks to all of you for a great job," Capitol architect Stephen Ayers said.
The Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for Wednesday, December 2.