The First Family is celebrating their fourth Christmas in the White House! This year’s theme, “America the Beautiful,” is a tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. From coast to coast, our country is blessed with boundless natural wonders. The timeless treasures represented in this year’s holiday showcase remind us of the true American spirit. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home.
On November 23, 2020, First Lady Melania Trump participated in the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree!
Mr. Dan Taylor, winner of the National Christmas Tree Contest, presented the prizewinning tree to the First Lady at the North Portico in a horse-drawn carriage. The 2020 Christmas Tree is an 18 ½ foot Fraser Fir from West Virginia. It will serve as a centerpiece for Christmas decorations in the Blue Room of the White House.
The White House Christmas Tree must stand 18-19 feet tall and reach the ceiling of the Blue Room, where the chandelier is removed each holiday season to accommodate the tree.
Christmas at the White House 2019
2019’s theme, “The Spirit of America,” was a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrated the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive.
“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas,” said Mrs. Trump.
Throughout the month of December, the White House welcomed guests to enjoy the decorations by hosting open houses, receptions, and tours.
On Monday, November 25, 2019, Mr. Larry Snyder presented the prizewinning Christmas Tree—all the way from Mahantongo Valley Farms in Pennsylvania—to the First Lady at the North Portico in a horse-drawn carriage.
Christmas at the White House 2018
2018’s theme, “American Treasures” honored the unique heritage of America. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shined with the spirit of patriotism. This home, held in trust for all Americans, displayed the many splendors found across our great Nation.
On Monday, November 19, 2018, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the arrival of the White House Christmas tree! Mr. Larry Smith, winner of the National Christmas Tree Contest, presented the prizewinning tree—all the way from Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Newland, North Carolina—to the President and First Lady at the North Portico of the White House.
Mr. Smith has been retailing Christmas trees since 1980, and has competed in the National Christmas Tree Contest four times previously. After providing a tree for the Vice President’s residence in 2001, he delivered a tree to the White House for the first time in 2018.