The state’s official Christmas tree arrived today at the State Capitol with collaborative efforts in play in order to execute its grand entrance and placement.

California Department of General Services (DGS) staff  personally picks the tree each year after crews from CAL FIRE help to narrow down the selection at the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding. A DGS tree crew cut down the 65-foot white fir Monday. CAL FIRE transported the tree to the Capitol west lawn today with a CHP escort.

DGS crews will place the star on top of the tree tomorrow and will also start decorating soon with hand-crafted  ornaments created by children and adults with developmental disabilities and donated from the California Department of Developmental Services.

The tree will also feature 10, 000 LED bulbs which will be the highlight for December’s special lighting ceremony with Governor Jerry Brown and the first lady.



Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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