Capitol Christmas Tree Will Make A Stop In The Rim Country

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is making a stop in Payson from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The town will be closing Longhorn Road at Highways 260 and 87 west to Colcord Road, for a short, one-hour celebration. This exciting opportunity is sure to kick-off the holiday spirit and provide inspiration for our community during the upcoming holiday season, says Cameron Davis, director of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office.

Arizona has been given the honor of providing the Capitol Christmas Tree which will grace the West Lawn of our nation’s capital in December, he said.

The nation’s Capitol Christmas Tree is cut from a national forest each November, taken to Washington, D.C., decorated, with thousands of handmade ornaments, and then lit during a beautiful ceremony.

This year, “the people’s tree” will come from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona’s White Mountains, near Alpine.

The tree will tour the state and give each citizen a chance to see, and be a part of this historic event. Davis said Payson is one of the first towns on the route where the tree will stop.

As part of the celebration there will be local musical groups performing and Santa will make a special early appearance for all the kids. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans will make a speech for all in attendance.

The tree caravan is an 85-foot-long trailer carrying the 70-plus foot Capitol Christmas Tree.

“Bring your camera and make sure to capture this historic event. It may be 50 years before this type of an event comes through our town or state again,” Davis said.

For further information, please contact Davis at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, or visit www.paysonrimcountry.com.

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