Christmas celebrations start early in Pasco on Thursday. The Christmas tree that will go in front of the Capitol Building is beginning its long trip to Washington D.C.
Washington State was selected to provide the 2006 Christmas tree. The tree comes from the Olympic National Forest and is a 65-foot silver fur. The tree makes this stop in Pasco along with many other stops in the state.
Before making the long trip to the front of the Capitol Building, it will be covered with 3,000 ornaments made by students in Washington State and 10,000 lights.
When it arrives in D.C., Senator Patty Murray and Representative Norm Dicks will chair the lighting ceremony. The tree will be lit December 6th by the Speaker of the House. This continues a tradition started in 1964.