Meeker, Colorado – Home of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

After more than a year of planning and gathering ornaments, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, harvested 40 miles east of Meeker in the White River National Forest, was delivered, decorated and lit in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4, 2012.

2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony today at 3 p.m. Mountain

Watch the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C., LIVE online at 3 p.m. Mountain time today at 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

Meeker’s U.S.Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington

The 2012 Christmas Tree crew, which included Natasha Goedert, Patty Wyatt, Ken Coffin, Lynn Lockwood, Toni Toelle, Kristin Silva, Gerald and Twila Morris, of Meeker, were the last to sign the banner before the tree was unwrapped after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base. Santa and Mrs. Claus take a break at the Mack headquarters […]

Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in D.C.

RBC I After being harvested in the White River National Forest on Nov. 2, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree was celebrated in Meeker for two days, then wrapped and started its journey to Washington, D.C., Nov. 6. Colorado’s gift to the people of the United States has arrived at its destination, our nation’s capitol. The […]

Youth selected to light 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

RBC I Out of 1,381 entries from across Colorado, the White River National Forest and its nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors, are pleased to announce Ryan Shuster as the winner of the contest to light the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. On Oct. 19, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Blanco Ranger District […]

5K features more than 100 runners for Capitol Christmas Tree walk/run

MEEKER I The first ever Capitol Christmas Tree 5K walk/run race featured 105 participants and was won by Meeker High School junior Jake Boesch, who just last week competed in the Colorado State Championship cross country meet. Rangely’s Tessa Slagle was the first female to cross the line on the same course the Range Call […]

Rangely is first stop in tree’s journey to the Capitol

RANGELY I After Meeker’s town-wide celebration of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree harvest from White River National Forest last weekend, the tree began its 23-day journey to its final destination Tuesday morning. Rangely was the first of 27 stops the tree will make along its route as it tours 15 Colorado communities and nine more […]

2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration

Hundreds take part in celebration for Capitol tree

MEEKER I The harvest of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree drew hundreds of people to the two-day celebration in Meeker before beginning its journey to Washington, D.C. “I never would have dreamed there would be this kind of turnout,” Blanco District Ranger Ken Coffin said of the large crowd gathered in downtown Meeker to see […]

The way to the nation’s Capitol

MEEKER I To become a true American Christmas tree, the Capitol Tree must travel through the great states to Washington, D.C. The town of Meeker has been honored with the chance to give a gift to the nation with the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree that will stand over the holiday season on the Capitol lawn. […]

Mack Trucks official transporter of the Capitol Christmas Tree

MEEKER I Mack Trucks is proud to once again serve as the official transporter of the Capitol Christmas Tree project, which annually provides a tree from one of America’s national forests to brighten the lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. This year, the tree is being harvested from the White River National […]

St. James: Winner of art contest

MEEKER I The Aspen Ski Company, The Aspen Art Museum and Choose Outdoors, in conjunction with the National Forest Service hosted a plein air painting contest early this year to help celebrate “Colorado’s Gift to the Nation.” The winner of this competition was Cheryl St. James with her oil painting “Awaiting Spring.” St. James is […]