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Ever wanted to see the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree before it's fitted with lights? Now's your chance.

Truck hauling U.S. Capitol Christmas tree
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Truck hauling the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

The tree will make a stop in Springfield this weekend on its way to Washington D.C.

A tree headed to the U.S. Capitol lawn for Christmas will make a stop in Springfield Saturday night, November 13.

What’s dubbed “the People’s Tree” was harvested from the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California in late October.

The 84’ white fir was loaded into a tractor trailer, and a 40 to 50-gallon bladder bag was fitted onto the bottom of the trunk to keep the tree hydrated. According to U.S. Forest Service officials, the tree drinks six to eight gallons of water a day.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative was started 50 years ago. One of the 155 national forests provides a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season.

You can see the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree Saturday night from 6 to 8 at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. The event will also feature live reindeer, Santa’s antique sleigh and hot cocoa.

The tree is expected to arrive in Washington D.C. on November 19.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.