The Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit tonight

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A team from Washington state stands in front of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be lit tonight. (Photo: Capitol Christmas Tree) A team from Washington state stands in front of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be lit tonight. (Photo: Capitol Christmas Tree)

A Capitol Hill holiday tradition that dates back to 1964 continues tonight with the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

This year’s 88-foot spruce, chosen from the Colville National Forest, made a 5,000 mile road trip from Washington state to stand during in front of the Capitol this December.

Speaker of the House John Boehner will flip the switch on the tree, which is decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments created by Washingtonians to match the theme “Sharing Washington’s Good Nature”.

Tonight’s public ceremony begins 5 p.m. on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn. The tree will be lit every night at dusk throughout the holiday season.

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