Here’s How to See Your Favorite Christmas Tree in the Winter


As the leaves change and summer fades into fall, cities around the country start to get a little bit spooky. Lights are strung up on doorways and lampposts, storefronts show off their Halloween tchotchkes or political banners; it’s all very festive. But if you’re like me, you notice something else: the void left by your favorite Christmas tree in the wintertime. Whether it’s because your local tree has been taken away for repairs or converted into mulch, you might feel a little twinge of sadness It’s easy enough to find out whether your favorite tree is visible during the off-season: just Google its name along with “off-season viewing” or something similar. If you want to see it during the holidays, of course, that will be easier; but wondering how easy or difficult it might be to see in July is much harder! You’ll find dozens of different websites telling you how best to accomplish this seemingly impossible task.

There are several options for visiting the Capitol Christmas Tree, but none of them happen between January and November.

If you want to see the tree, there are several options.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is on display in Washington, DC from December 1st to January 6th. It’s located in the Capitol Rotunda and open to visitors from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM on weekends. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance (by calling 202-224-2447 or emailing Visitors are advised to arrive early due to security screening procedures at each entrance point.

Visitors can also see the tree at night when it’s lit up after dark (from 5:30 PM until 8:15 PM) throughout its stay at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, near Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue NW (near Pennsylvania Avenue). The reflecting pool will be closed during lightings and may remain closed until 2 hours after each event has concluded; please check signs at each driveway entrance before entering or exiting the area if you plan on visiting during a lighting ceremony!

Of the trees that stay up, including the Capitol Christmas Tree, there’s no viewing schedule at the White House tree.

When you visit the White House Christmas tree, you’ll find that it’s not open to the public. You won’t see it at all during the off season, from January to November.

However, there are still plenty of other trees around that are worth your interest and attention!

Rockefeller Center is open to the public year-round; with or without a tree in place.

In the off-season, you can still see a Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. In fact, it’s open to the public year-round! Even though there isn’t a tree up during this time, visitors can still enjoy the ice skating rink and Rockefeller Plaza.

The tree was lit for the first time in 1931, two years before construction on the complex was completed. Since then it has become an annual tradition for families across America—and around the world—to take in its beauty every December.

The National Christmas Tree has a similar schedule as the White House tree.

If you’re in Washington, D.C., the National Christmas Tree is located in the Ellipse, just across the street from the White House. It’s lit during a few weeks in December as part of a tradition that began with President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. During this time, it has an open-house policy where visitors can attend its lighting ceremony and visit its gift shop. However, even if you miss these dates or want to visit outside Christmas season, don’t worry—the tree itself stays lit all year!

The tree was donated by Oregon Governor Tom McCall and planted on December 18 by first lady Pat Nixon and second lady Julie Nixon Eisenhower (wife of Richard M. Nixon) on December 20th 1971 as part of their plans for beautifying Washington DC after they moved into office earlier that year

Find out if your local Christmas tree is visible during the off-season here.

You can find out if your favorite Christmas tree is visible during the off-season by going to the website and using its search function, or by using its map function, calendar function, FAQ section or contact form.

If you’re dying to see your favorite Christmas tree again, walking around a government building may be your best option.

If you’re dying to see your favorite Christmas tree again, walking around a government building may be your best option.

Here’s a list of the most famous Christmas trees from past years:

  • The National Christmas Tree is in Washington, DC, on the Ellipse near the White House
  • The Rockefeller Center tree is in New York City, at Rockefeller Plaza (on top of NBC Studios)
  • The Capitol Christmas Tree is in Washington, DC and stands on the west lawn of U.S. Capitol Building (between Columbus Circle and 3rd Street SE)
  • The White House tree is in Washington D.C., on its south lawn


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