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(WBIR - Knoxville) A national icon is bringing East Tennessee an early glimpse of the holiday season. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is scheduled to make a stop in Knoxville Thursday as part of its cross-country journey to Washington, D.C. from Washington State.

From noon until 2 p.m., the 88-foot-tall Engelmann Spruce will make a pit stop in the eastbound lanes of Neyland drive, near Calhoun's on the River, according to the city's website.

Pilot Flying J and the City of Knoxville are sponsoring the tree's East Tennessee visit.

This year's tree was harvested in Colville National Forest in northeast Washington on Nov. 1.

Since 1970, a different national forest has been selected each year to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Click here for more information on the Capitol Christmas Tree.

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