A 73-foot-tall Engelmann spruce destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree paused for an hour Friday in Oklahoma City.
The mammoth tree, taken from the White River National Forest in Colorado, is in the midst of a 24-day journey to Washington, D.C. It will arrive on Nov. 26.
The tree will be decorated with about 5,000 ornaments made by Colorado students.
The spruce was at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 77 S Robinson Ave., from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.
Visitors enjoyed free apple cider and a chance to meet Santa Claus. They also signed a banner that is traveling with the tree across the country.
Oklahoma City was one of the tree's 28 scheduled stops.
For more information, go to capitolchristmastree2012.org.