The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Sweet Home to provide national Christmas tree


January 17, 2018

Sweet Home Mayor Greg Mahler speaks during the ceremony announcing that Sweet Home Ranger District will produce this year's United States Capitol Christmas Tree.

The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Sweet Home Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Friday, Jan. 19, during a press conference held at Sankey Park.

The tree, which will be selected in time to be transported to Washington D.C. in November, will need to be 65 to 85 feet in height with a conical shape that is visually pleasing from all angles. The tree will come from U.S. Forest Service land in the Sweet Home Ranger District. The public is invited to help look for the tree of choice.

It will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December 2018.

Ten thousand handmade ornaments will adorn the Capitol Christmas Tree and the 70 smaller companion trees, all coming from Oregon. There will be ornament-making events throughout the state this year.

The first will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club, 890 18th Ave., Sweet Home.

The theme for the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree is "Find Your Trail!" in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail.

For more information, visit the Capitol Christmas Tree website,

To get involved send an inquiry via Capitol Christmas Tree email,


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