Wisconsin now accepting ornaments for State Capitol Holiday Tree

Wisconsin Now Accepting Ornaments For State Capitol Holiday Tree

The 2021 Wisconsin State Capitol Holiday Tree after a lighting ceremony (WISC-TV/Channel 3000).

MADISON, Wis. — Students across Wisconsin will once again have the opportunity to help decorate the State Capitol Holiday Tree this year.

Gov. Tony Evers’ office announced Friday that the tree will once again be in the Capitol rotunda this year and that this year’s decoration theme will be “Wisconsin Waters.”

“From the first Indigenous people who hunted and gathered in our freshwater sources before Wisconsin became a state, to our farmers who have been the backbone of our economy for generations, to our proud maritime and shipbuilding history, to our outdoor recreators and anglers hoping to hook one of our mammoth Lake Sturgeon and Muskies, water has always been essential for our way of life here in Wisconsin,” Gov. Evers wrote in a letter to Wisconsin’s teachers and students.

Every year, the tree is decorated with handmade ornaments from kids and families from across Wisconsin. Those who are interested in creating an ornament for the tree should send it in by Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 to:

Emily Gorman
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities and Transportation Services
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703

Ornaments should be made with materials that are not breakable and must be strong enough to hold up during shipping. Paper cutouts that could tear easily are also not recommended. Officials say it’s best to create ornaments that are between 4 inches and 6 inches in size and make them colors that contrast with the color of the tree so they can stand out. Ornaments should also be attached to a 10-inch loop of ribbon or string that will be used to hang them from the tree.

Ornaments will not be returned after they are used.

Anyone with questions about the ornament process should call the Facilities Management Information Center at 608-266-1485.