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Capitol Christmas tree to visit Santa Claus, Ind.

Capitol Christmas tree to visit Santa Claus, Ind.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:01 pm

The 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree will stop in Santa Claus, Ind., during its cross-country journey from California to Washington, D.C.
The town of Santa Claus will welcome the Capitol Christmas Tree on Nov. 21 in the Kringle Place Shopping Center. Details about the arrival and events planned will be announced closer to that date.
The tree’s tour will begin on Nov. 8 and travel through California for one week. The Capitol Christmas Tree will then journey across the country from Nov. 15-28. Arriving in Santa Claus from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the tree will next travel to Cherokee, N.C. The tree will reach its final destination, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28.
Since 1970, it has become an honor for one of the National Forests to be asked to provide the Capitol Tree. The appointed National Forest, in turn, engages help from diverse partners throughout its respective state. The opportunity to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree becomes a state-wide celebration and civic event.
Lincoln Boyhood Nation-al Memorial, the local site of the National Park Service, will help welcome the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree to the area. Superintendent Kendell Thompson said, “We are excited to be a part of this national tradition. The Lincolns may not have had a Christmas tree when they lived in Indiana, but I think Abe would have appreciated this national symbol.”
America’s Christmas Hometown: Santa Claus, Ind., will host a celebration of family fun on the first three weekends of December. Events include a traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa; “Santa Claus Land of Lights,” a 1.2-mile driving journey through Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort; Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire and much more.
For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration or a schedule of events, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org/special-events. Also, find Santa Claus, Ind., on the Visitor Bureau’s free app for iPhones and Androids by searching “Holiday World & More!” and on any mobile device at http://m.SantaClausInd.org.

Published in The Messenger 10.26.11

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