LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town - including here in metro Atlanta! 

That's thanks to a celebratory stop from the US Capitol Christmas Tree. 

The stately tree stopped in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Wednesday as it made its way from New Mexico to the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. Every year, a Christmas tree is selected from a different National Forest to decorate the lawn of the Capitol. 

More than 500 visitors came out to the Bass Pro Shop in Lawrenceville to see the tree and get into the holiday spirit. The celebration was complete with singing, and crafting and hot chocolate and cookies. A live reindeer, elves and Smokey the Bear, who is celebrating his 75th birthday, were all on hand to help celebrate.

The 60-foot tree came from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico and made some 25 whistle-stops along the nearly 2,000-mile journey.

Visitors were able to sign a giant banner on the truck wishing the tree a safe trip. 

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