ATLANTA – Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta, has been selected to be a “whistle stop” for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to Washington, D.C. Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The tree, cut earlier this month and prepared for the nearly 2,000-mile expedition, includes a series of community celebrations such as the one scheduled at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the celebration, which includes a series of festive family-friendly activities.
Special event features include live reindeer, s’mores and hot cocoa. In addition, elves from Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will be helping kids make Christmas crafts and the North Gwinnett Middle School Choir will perform Christmas carols. A large banner on the side of the truck carrying the tree on its journey will allow event attendees the chance to sign and wish the tree a safe journey.
Other festivities during the tree’s visit to Lawrenceville and Bass Pro Shops include a short ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. with special remarks from Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World General Manager Jacky Jackson, District Ranger of the Oconee Ranger District for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Thomas Dozier and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service. The tree and event will be in the main parking lot in front of the grand entrance at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway.
Special guests include Smokey Bear, who is celebrating his 75th birthday and, of course, Santa. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will do a presentation of colors and lead the public in the Pledge of Allegiance.
After the tree event, families are invited to come inside Bass Pro Shops and experience the return of Santa’s Wonderland – a massive Christmas village transformation inside Bass Pro Shops locations nationwide through Dec. 24, featuring free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts, games and holiday magic for the whole family. All activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
“We are honored to be a whistle stop on the tour of the U.S. Capitol tree and encourage people to come out to see it and to enjoy the fun festivities planned,” said Bass Pro Shops General Manager Jacky Jackson.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible thanks to companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources.
For more information regarding the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event at Lawrenceville, please click here. For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land; provides assistance to state and private landowners; and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. For more information, see www.fs.fed.us.
About Choose Outdoors
Choose Outdoors works to increase all American’s enjoyment, appreciation and support for outdoor recreation activities that connect them to our public lands. These connections will ensure that our public lands will always be there for future generations to cherish. www.chooseoutdoors.org.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”
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