The 85 foot tall blue spruce will be lighted by Speaker Pelosi during a December 8th twilight ceremony. The event will be led by Stephen T. Ayers, acting architect of the Capitol. The tree and the lighting has been a tradition since 1964, and will be lighted from nightfall until 11pm until New Year's Day.
"Each year, the arrival of the Capitol Christmas tree kicks off a joyous holiday time," said Speaker Pelosi. "May 'the people's tree' light the way for blessed and happy holidays."