U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Here In Bend Today Only!!!

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make a special stop in Bend today from 11am-1pm at The Shops At The Old Mill. More INFO HERE!

Did ya know that each year one of the nation’s national forest is selected to provide the US Capitol Christmas Tree and this year it was Oregon’s Willamette National Forest.  The Tree is traveling to the US Capitol on the reverse route of the Oregon Trail and will visit communities along the way. Stop by and see what our beautiful state is sending to Washington D.C.  Here is a link to the US Forest Service to learn more about the history of this great tradition – CapitolChristmasTree.org

The Sweet Home Ranger District is honored to provide the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Sweet Home, Oregon was an important historic tollgate in the late 19th century for the Santiam Wagon Road, the primary means of transportation over the central Cascade Mountains connecting the fertile Willamette Valley with the vast rangeland of Central Oregon. The Tree is 80 feet tall and for the first time, a noble fir (Abies procera) has been selected. This species of fir is prized as a Christmas tree because of its straight growth, conical form, mild aroma, deep green, robust foliage and upturned needles that are perfect for holding onto ornaments, lights and tinsel.

Today Nov 12th there will be free hot chocolate from Strictly Organic Coffee Bar in the Old Mill District, free eggnog from Eberhard’s Dairy Products, hot apple cider from Savory Spice Shop, craft beer options from Deschutes Brewery, arts and crafts, booths with local organizations and more.

Plus, event-goers are encouraged to sign banners on the sides of the Central Oregon Truck Company truck carrying the tree, to wish it well on its journey to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.