91st Annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree
The Sanger Chamber of Commerce will hold its 91st annual trek to see the Nation’s Christmas Tree, the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park; buses will leave from outside the Chamber. The sequoia, named the Nation’s Christmas Tree by the Department of the Interior and designated as such by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926, is 267 feet tall and is somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 years old. Sanger was recognized in 1949 by the Post Office Department as the Nation’s Christmas Tree City, and the tree was named a national shrine by Congress in 1956. People from all over the world gather at the tree each second Sunday in December at 2:30 pm to sing and pray, and members of the National Park Service join in the services by placing a wreath at the base of the tree. All buses will have a host/hostess on board, and coffee and pastries will be available before boarding. There will be both a regular bus, and a lunch & dinner bus with a traditional Christmas dinner buffet.
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