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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Pocatello on Friday

November 16, 2018

POCATELLO — The holiday season is getting an early start in Pocatello.

Today at 9 a.m. at Pocatello City Hall, 911 N. Seventh Ave., citizens are invited to stop by and see the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree will only be in town until 10 a.m.

A short program will feature remarks by Mayor Brian Blad as well as representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Citizens Community Bank. Attendees will also be able to sign a banner that will accompany the tree on its journey to Washington, D.C.

“I hope residents will plan to visit the tree during its stop in Pocatello, because you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see ‘The People’s Tree,’” Blad said. “Our community has been fortunate to host the tree several times, and it’s always an amazing sight.”

Free hot chocolate, coffee and treats will be available from Main Steam Coffee and Desserts. The U.S. Forest Service and the nonprofit Choose Outdoors will be giving away small items and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise will be available for purchase.

Representatives from the Steven D. Merrell Marine Corps League Detachment No. 698, Southeast Idaho Toys for Tots Campaign and The Idaho Foodbank will also be there accepting donations of toys and food for those in need this holiday season.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stop in Pocatello is sponsored by Citizens Community Bank.

The 2018 tree comes from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the tree will follow a reverse path of the historic path.

When the tree arrives in Washington, D.C., it will be placed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for display.

For more information on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, visit capitolchristmastree.com.

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