I'm old school when it comes to Christmas. I believe the celebration shouldn't begin until after the Thanksgiving Day dinner. However, there are a few exceptions and the U.S. Capitol Building Christmas Tree visit to Junction qualifies.


For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Payette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Idaho to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way.

The 80ft Engelmann Spruce is the second U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Idaho. It was cut yesterday, Nov. 2ed and prepared for the 2,000-mile road trip.

Stops in our region include:

  • Ogden, UT (Nov. 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Forest Service Regional Office, 324 25th Street)
  • Grand Junction, CO (Nov.16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50)
  • Glenwood Springs, CO (Nov.17 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Centennial Park/9th Street)
  • Denver, CO (Nov. 18 from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop, 7970 Northfield Blvd.)

Make your plans to join 95 Rock, and Townsquare Media, at this special event Wednesday, November 16th 6-8p, Cabela’s Parking Lot Mesa Mall. Free photos with Santa, Free horse drawn carriage rides, games, crafts, entertainment, and more!

Even an old school Christmas guy like myself had to give this event a pass. Trust me, it'll be cool.