The White House Christmas Tree

About the White House Christmas Tree

Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room. Each year, NCTA hosts a national tree contest, at which growers, industry experts and consumers vote to select the Real Christmas Tree grower who will provide the official White House Christmas Tree. To qualify for the national contest, growers must first win their state or regional competitions, so being named National Grand Champion is quite an achievement. 2018 marked the 53rd year a member from the National Christmas Tree Association has presented the official White House Christmas Tree. For a list of past award winners, click here

2018 White House Christmas Tree Selected - September 24, 2018

On a mid-September morning, Christmas tree grower, Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir waited for the arrival of special guests from our nation’s capital who were sent here to select the 2018 White House Christmas tree. 


White House Chief Usher, Timothy Harleth and White House Superintendent of Grounds, Dale Haney arrived at the appointed field in rural Newland, North Carolina to look over dozens of choice firs in order to select the perfect tree.


Last summer, Smith was named Grand Champion in the National Christmas Tree Association’s Christmas tree contest. With this award, goes the honor of presenting a Christmas tree to the White House. Mr. Smith is celebrating his win, after 4 previous

attempts to win the honor of providing a tree to the White House.


After much searching, measuring and consultation with Mr. Haney, Chief Usher Harleth selected a 19 ½ foot tall Fraser fir to be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House this holiday season. This special tree has to fit exact and particular specifications to go on display in such a historic room


“I feel as though I have finally won the Super Bowl, It’s a great honor to represent the Christmas tree industry by providing the Official White House Christmas Tree in 2018.”


Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room since 1966. 2018 will mark the 53rd year a member from the National Christmas Tree Association has presented the official White House Christmas Tree.

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