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U.S. Capital Christmas Tree Viewing

“People’s Tree” will make the cross-country journey from Montana to Washington D.C.

    Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Kootenai National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than 15 communities along the way including an appearance in Whitefish on Monday, Nov 13 at 2:30 PM at the Don K Whitefish dealership at 6219 Highway 93 South. The tree will be cut just prior to the Don K Whitefish event in November and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations and culminates with the official tree lighting at the Capitol in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other important sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with dozens of ornaments created by young Montanans. Festivities during the tree’s visit to Whitefish will include the first opportunity of the Christmas season to donate toys for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, brief remarks by Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld, National Forest Service representatives and National Auto Dealer Association (NADA) Bruce Knutsen. We even understand that Santa is planning to stop by. The community is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and to be one of the first to add their signature to the truck as it makes its way across the country to the nation’s capital. Bee Broadcasting will be hosting a live remote from the event and it promises to be lots of fun. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.

    More About this Event: Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Kootenai National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season, involving more than 15 communities along the way including an appearance in Whitefish on Monday, Nov 13 at 2:30 PM at the Don K Whitefish dealership at 6219 Highway 93 South. The tree will be cut just prior to the Don K Whitefish event in November and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations and culminates with the official tree lighting at the Capitol in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other important sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with dozens of ornaments created by young Montanans. Festivities during the tree’s visit to Whitefish will include the first opportunity of the Christmas season to donate toys for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, brief remarks by Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld, National Forest Service representatives and National Auto Dealer Association (NADA) Bruce Knutsen. We even understand that Santa is planning to stop by. The community is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and to be one of the first to add their signature to the truck as it makes its way across the country to the nation’s capital. Bee Broadcasting will be hosting a live remote from the event and it promises to be lots of fun. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
    Age group event is most appropriate for: All ages
    Event times: 2:30pm