Dahlonega Hosts U.S. Capital Christmas Tree

On November 24 – 26, 2010, the quaint North Georgia town of Dahlonega will host a 67 – foot tall Englemann spruce Christmas tree.  This tree was chosen as the “National Tree” for this year’s holiday celebration.  It will arrive at its final destination, the U.S. Capital lawn, after nearly a month of travel from its origin, the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

The Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce is planning a fun-filled afternoon.  Children of all ages can visit with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m.   Country music star, Freddie Way, will be in concert in the historic town of Dahlonega on Wednesday, November 24.  Way, who is a North Georgia native, has become famous for his music and style after producing his hit song, “There She Goes.”  The concert starts at 3 p.m., and the tree is expected to arrive around 5 p.m.   The North Georgia Ensemble will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., and the formal tree ceremony will be at 6 p.m.   Finally, there will be a Live Nativity at 6:30 p.m.  A large turn-out is anticipated for these activities.  It is a very special honor  for Dahlonega to host the “National Tree.”

Upon the tree’s arrival  in Washington, D.C., the it will be lowered into a five-foot deep hole, and cemented in place.  It will be adorned with over 10,000 lights that will be lit by the House Speaker on December 7.

The theme of the Christmas tree this year is “Wyoming-Forever West.”  It will showcase the history, culture and beauty of the state of Wyoming.  More than 5,000 hand-made decorations will reflect this theme.  Each ornament is 9 to 12 inches tall, and will only be used for this holiday season.

If you plan top visit Dahlonega for a chance to see the tree first-hand, it is also a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.  The shops on the Dahlonega Square offer many unique gifts in a range of prices.

For more information contact the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce at (706) 864-3513, or http://www.dahlonega.org

Henry Zuckerman is an architect and custom builder.  He has designed built many homes in the Dahlonega area, and the Georgia mountains.  His work can be viewed at http://www.henryzuckerman.com