Christmas Trees of Washington, DC: A Panoramic Sampler

We went out on a Washington Christmas Tree Walk on Saturday afternoon, visiting various public Christmas trees around the touristy parts of DC, where I made good use of Stitch Assist to make some panoramas. Amy guest-stars in some of these.


Christmas Tree Panorama: Capitol

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is a tall, thin subalpine fir from Montana, decorated with crafts from just about every 4-H club in the state.

Botanic Garden

Christmas Tree Panorama: US Botanic Garden

The USBG’s Christmas Tree is part of a larger “Wonderland” exhibit, featuring fantastical scenes and replicas of DC landmarks made from plant materials, with detailed model train sets crisscrossing the miniature landscapes.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Christmas Tree Panorama: American Indian Museum

I was surprised that the NMAI even had a Christmas tree, since that might be a sensitive topic, but there it was, a somewhat sparse fir tucked into an outside corner behind a pillar, decorated with native American crafts.

Smithsonian Castle

Christmas Tree Panorama: Smithsonian Castle

Not sure what kind of tree that is, but wow, it’s wide, nicely lit with LEDs and decorated with silvery pine cones and glitter-frosted glass balls. We couldn’t stay long, though, as the Castle was being set up for a reception of some sort.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Christmas Tree Panorama: American History Museum

Hey look, they set up a tree in the central hall! It’s, well, a tree. With Christmas tree balls and white frosted sticky-outy-twig things. It hadn’t been lit yet, though.

The National Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Panorama: White House

I hadn’t expected that the National Tree (on the Ellipse behind the White House) would have so much stuff around it — a smaller tree for each state and territory, a stage for performances, an open fire pit, and a cute little Santa’s Workshop (where I got yelled at for taking photos). The DC-themed tree had been decorated by Children of the American Revolution.

Norwegian Christmas at Union Station

Christmas Tree Panorama: Union Station

And finally, the Union Station tree, decorated with flags as part of their annual “Norwegian Christmas” program, which also features model trains winding their way through a miniature Norwegian landscape in the West Hall.

Full photoset from Saturday’s Christmas Tree walkabout here.