Boise tree becomes Idaho Capitol Christmas tree

Posted at 6:57 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 20:57:32-05

You may have noticed the official Idaho Capitol Christmas tree is now in place at the Statehouse.

Crews cut down the donated blue spruce from a home in southeast Boise, then trucked it to its current home in front of the Capitol. 

Getting the roughly 30-foot tall tree in place is similar to setting up your own living room tree, only on a much larger scale. 

"It sits down in an approximately 10-foot hole that's in the concrete that's just for this purpose," said Andy Diffenbaugh with the Idaho Department of Administration. "And the electricity is in there for the lights and everything. It's all pre-rugged. And so we just have to make sure that it gets in there straight. We have a steel ring and a base that we've custom-made for this process. And we just crank it down with these jacks -- screws basically -- to hold it in that hole."

Crews will spend the next few days stringing thousands of LED lights on the tree. 

The Governor and First Lady will host the official lighting ceremony next Monday.