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Sure, you’ve heard of the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, but you don’t have to be in New York—or sitting in front of your TV—for a memorable holiday experience.

Every year, a tree is chosen from a National Forest and displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

This year, the tree is coming from the White River National Forest in Colorado, in part to commemorate the devastating wildfires this summer.

What’s cool is that the Capitol tree will actually travel to DC, stopping in 30 cities and towns along the way. At each stopping point there will be celebrations and events before it travels to the next location.

You might be surprised to learn that a notable Christmas tree shows up every year…in Idaho. Coeur d’Alene Resort actually set the world record for the world’s tallest living tree, and the entire display is illuminated with more than a million lights.

And while a 95-foot-tall tree may not sound very big, it becomes more impressive when you realize that it’s indoors. You can find that one in the Galleria Dallas, which is decked out each year with more than 10,000 ornaments.

Last, but not least, there’s the celebration at Monument Circle in Indianapolis, which is home to one of the largest Christmas trees in the world.

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