WASHINGTON (AP/CBS4) – This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has arrived in Washington from Colorado.

The tree, a 65-foot Engelmann spruce from the Blanco Ranger District the White River National Forest, arrived by truck and was erected on the Capitol grounds on Monday.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to oversee the operation.

The tree will be decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments and will be lit by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a ceremony on Dec. 4.

156975512 10 Colorado Christmas Tree Arrives At U.S. Capitol

Workers prepare the Capitol Christmas tree on the back of a truck so it to be hoisted by a crane into position on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Monday. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michele Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia last week greeted the arrival of the Christmas tree that will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. The 19-foot tree from the mountains of North Carolina arrived Friday by horse-drawn carriage.

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