Capitol Christmas Tree


Location: Downtown South Bend

On the weekend of the Wake Forest game, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be passing through South Bend as it travels from Alaska to Washington, D.C. The 72-foot tree travels on a custom flatbed truck with plexiglass walls for viewing the tree. The truck is covered in banners that are being signed by community members as it travels from state to state.

A community event is scheduled for downtown South Bend on Sunday, Nov. 15th from 1:00-3:00PM.

The project is being sponsored by the US Forest Service and Choose Outdoors.

Check their path from Alaska to Washington, D.C. on Twitter

The Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as “The People’s Tree” will stop in downtown South Bend at the Gridiron on Sunday, November 15 from 1-3 pm as it makes its 4,000 mile journey from Alaska‚Äôs Chugach National Forest to Washington D.C. This is the first time the U.S. Capitol Tree has ever visited South Bend, and its one of only 15 cities that the tree will visit during this trip.

The public is invited to come view the tree, sign a banner that is traveling with it, and enjoy entertainment and activities at the Gridiron, located at the corner of Washington and Michigan, by the South Bend Chocolate Cafe.

The event will include performances by the Clay High School Swing Choir and students from Perley Fine Arts Academy. A coloring contest will also take place, and the entries will be available for public voting at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from November 16 through November 30. The winner of the coloring contest will receive the honor of helping Santa light the Christmas Tree at Jon Hunt Plaza on December 4.

A holiday market with over a dozen local arts and crafts vendors will also take place at the Capitol Tree Visit event on November 15, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Gridiron. Do some holiday shopping while you’re downtown at the holiday market or at the various downtown South Bend shops and boutiques.

To learn more about the U.S. Capitol Tree, and to track its journey, visit