Want to get a glimpse today (Wednesday, Nov. 23) of the famed “People’s Tree,” the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, as it makes a stopover in Knoxville during its cross-country road trip from Idaho to Washington, D.C.?
The holiday tree will roll through Knoxville – one of just 10 stops outside of Idaho and the Payette National Forest, where the tree was harvested – and can be viewed on a truck trailer parked atop the Clinch Avenue Viaduct in World’s Fair Park from 4-7 p.m. today.
To accommodate the tree tour, Clinch Avenue will be closed between Henley Street and World’s Fair Park Drive from 2-10 p.m. today. A temporary no-parking zone will be in effect on World’s Fair Park Drive between 11th Street and Clinch Avenue to accommodate the truck’s wide turns as the tree arrives via Interstate 40 to Western Avenue to 11th Street, then onto World’s Fair Park Drive to the Clinch Avenue Viaduct.
The tree last stopped in Kansas City, St. Louis and Nashville, and it will be installed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after stops in Roanoke, Va., and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
Knoxvillians visiting the tree today will be encouraged to send along their greetings by signing a banner on the side of the truck delivering the tree.
For more details about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree or to track the tree’s location as it continues on to Washington, D.C., visit http://bit.ly/2fxU7GQ.