Capitol Holiday Tree

WE HAVE A TREE FOR 2024 ALREADY! If you’d like to have your tree considered for 2025 and beyond, see below.

Acceptable tree specifications:

  • Species: Blue Spruce with a single leader (i.e. only one “peak” stem/trunk point)
  • Height: Between 30 and 50 feet
  • Location: Boise, closer to Capitol Bldg preferred

The selection process:

  • We begin evaluating candidate trees in August.
  • We generally have a final decision by the end of August.
  • When we select a tree, we contact the donor to confirm it’s still available.
  • When confirmed, we begin project planning.

Cutting and Transport:

  • Cutting takes place (generally) Monday on Thanksgiving week.
  • Crews gather at 9am, and the tree is generally cut and ready to move by 10-11am.
  • The tree is transported to the Capitol Building and erected that day.
  • We will schedule with you to have the stump ground down.
  • You are welcome to watch the cutting and placement from a safe distance.

Decoration and Lighting:

  • Decoration takes approximately 2-3 days.
  • The lighting ceremony is generally the Monday after cutting.

To submit your tree for consideration:

  1. Take photographs of the tree, showing both sides. Be sure to include the surrounding area.
  2. Email the photos, with answers to the questions below, to:
    • Your name
    • Your phone number
    • Address of tree
ver: 3.5.2 | last updated:
Jump back to top of page button