Trimming The Tree
The people of Wyoming will make the 5,000 ornaments used to decorate the tree. The ornaments will be 9 to 12 inches tall and must be made to withstand 3 weeks of harsh winter weather.
An additional 1,000 ornaments will be made for the 75 companion trees displayed throughout the Capitol.
About 10,000 LED Christmas lights are strung throughout the tree.
It takes more than a week for the U.S. Capitol Architect and his team to decorate.
The Capitol Christmas Tree is topped by the same single star ornament used each year.
The tree will be placed into a hole nearly five feet deep and actually cemented into place.
Although Capitol Christmas trees are varied heights, when installed they can be no taller than 65 feet. The Capitol landscape crew does not have a basket crane taller than that!