U.S. Capitol tree is coming

Christmas is coming early to Historic Downtown Murphy with an auspicious special event. Each year a different National Forest is selected to provide the tree that lights up the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. This year, the National Forests in North Carolina, in partnership with the nonprofit Choose Outdoors, have selected a tree from the Pisgah National Forest. Our national tree will embark on the “Mountains to Sea Tour” traveling through North Carolina to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, with be very first stop on the tour being Murphy, NC!

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in town at 1pm on November 6th. Historic Downtown Murphy will be rolling out the red carpet with an Old-Fashioned Christmas event. Everyone will have the opportunity to sign a Christmas Card to the tree, take photos in front of the tree, and learn more about the history and significance of our Nation’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Streets will be closed, vendors will be selling cocoa, sweets, coffee and other tasty treats that are sure to please. Local shops, art galleries, restaurants, and breweries will be open for all ages to enjoy. Photos with Santa, fun for families, games for kids, caroling, music, Christmas character sightings, and downtown shopping for all will make even the grumpiest Grinch smile.

Festivities culminate with the lighting of Murphy’s own Christmas Tree at 6pm. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public.