2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Project

This year, California will provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be displayed in Washington, DC throughout the 2011 Christmas season. A 60 foot tree will be coming from the Stanislaus National Forest. The tree, a gift to the nation from California’s “Range of Light”, symbolizes the theme: “California Shines” and will serve as the holiday centerpiece on the Capitol Lawn.

Californians will provide 7,000 handmade ornaments to adorn the Capitol tree and approximately 100 smaller trees that will be used to decorate offices throughout the Washington D.C. area.  You can help create both large and small ornaments!  Anyone can participate- Individuals, school classes, youth clubs, art councils, civic organizations and all other interested youth and adult groups.

The ornaments will showcase the theme, “California Shines”, and all that is special about California ‐ the Pacific Ocean to the sparkling deserts, the high mountain peaks to its forests, rivers and abundant Central Valley, the diversity of nature and the people who live here are what make the great state of California shine.

Please visit www.capitolchristmastree2011.org for specific ornament criteria for indoor and outdoor trees and to find out more information about the annual Capitol Christmas Tree project, the details of California’s 2011 effort, and the many partners and sponsors who are working together to coordinate this effort.