16 behind-the-scenes photos show the White House being decorated for Christmas

  • The White House is being decorated for Christmas.
  • After months of planning, thousands of volunteers and staff transform the residence in a matter of days.
  • These photos show the transformation behind-the-scenes.

First lady Melania Trump and her staff have been planning what the White House will look like for Christmas since the summer.

The week of Thanksgiving, volunteers and staff transformed the “People’s House” for the holiday season.

President Donald Trump joined his wife to receive the White House Christmas tree on November 19:

Then on Monday, November 26, the White House revealed what the decorations look like in this video:

See what the preparations look like in these behind-the-scenes photos.


The first lady and her staff have been strategising this year’s decorations since at least July.

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First Lady Melania Trump reviews Christmas decoration options on Monday, July 23, 2018, in the Map Room at the White House. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

The official White House Christmas tree, which arrived on November 19, is still delivered in a horse-drawn carriage with drivers in top hats and tuxes.


This year’s tree comes from the Smith family of the Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, North Carolina.

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The Trumps receive the White House Christmas Tree on Nov. 19, 2018. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Larry Smith also grew a tree for the vice president’s residence in 2001.

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The Trumps inspected the tree when it arrived.

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North Carolina has produced more White House Christmas trees than any other state. This is the 14th.

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National Park Service staff prepares the White House Christmas Tree Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 in front of the North Portico of the White House. Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti

Sources: White House, White House Historical Society


The tree has to be 18 to 19 feet tall in order to fit in the Blue Room.

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National Park Service staff prepares the White House Christmas Tree Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti

Sources: White House, White House Historical Society


It took a dozen National Park Service staff to haul the massive tree inside.

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This year’s Fraser Fir is 19 1/2 feet tall.

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Every year, they have to remove the chandelier from the Blue Room so the tree can fit.

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The White House Christmas tree arrives in the Blue Room on November 20, 2018. White House/Instagram

President William H. Taft’s children put the first Christmas tree in the Blue Room in 1912.

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Source: White House Historical Society


The tree is just the first, big step in holiday decorating. Thousands of volunteers will transform the White House over the coming days for visitors, staff, and the first family to enjoy.

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Melania tweeted photos on Saturday, November 24 of volunteers decorating.

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A volunteer hangs an ornament on a White House Christmas tree. Melania Trump/Twitter

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“Thank you to all the volunteers from across our great nation who are working hard to decorate the @whitehouse,” the first lady wrote. “Can’t wait to view it all tomorrow night!”

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A volunteer decorates the White House for Christmas. Melania Trump/Twitter

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Melania will soon reveal the final transformation for the White House holiday season in official events.

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A volunteer decorates the White House for Christmas. Melania Trump/Twitter

Source: FLOTUS