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National Christmas tree to stop here on its cross-country voyage

The official Christmas tree of the nation’s capitol is traveling across the country, and it’s making stops in Perry, KS, Kansas City, KS, and Independence, MO. The tree is making its way from Oregon to Washington D.C.

Nearly 1,000 people are expected to fill the parking lot at Perry-Lecompton High School, 404 Lecompton Rd., next Tuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., to catch a glimpse of the tree.  They’ll have caroling, cookies and hot chocolate to celebrate the trees arrival in Perry for this year’s visit. Attendees will have the chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck to wish the tree well, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise and more.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is the decorated tree that is erected annually on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol, in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the Christmas holiday season.

The 2018 tour is timed to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, one of the inspirations for the 2018 theme of “Find Your Trail.” The more than 3,000-mile journey commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail – by following a reverse path of the trail.

Other scheduled stops in the area are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20: MHC Kenworth, 1524 N. Corrington, Kansas City, MO 64120 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21: Independence Uptown Market, 201 W. Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050 (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)