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Contact: Mike Theune, Acting Public Affairs Officer, 559-565-3703
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 28, 2016 – Are you looking for something fun to do with your family and friends to celebrate the holidays? Would you like to honor those who fought and died for our freedom? If so, you are invited to attend the 91st Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree ceremony on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Kings Canyon National Park.
The event, which is sponsored by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the National Park Service, will include the Jubilation Singers, Sanger High School Choir, and a non-denominational holiday message. During the ceremony, a National Park Service representative will speak about the General Grant Tree’s role as a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the Armed Forces who have served, fought, and died to keep America free. A memorial wreath will be placed at the base of the General Grant Tree.
The ceremony will be held at the General Grant Tree, a ¼-mile walk from an adjacent parking lot. Trekkers are encouraged to arrive early as parking is limited for this popular event. Entrance fees to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be free on December 11, 2016 to allow park visitors to experience the celebration of the Nation’s Christmas Tree. In addition, chartered buses to the park from Sanger, CA, may be available with a fee and by reservation at 559-875-4575.
To reach Kings Canyon National Park by vehicle, take Highway 180 east from Fresno for approximately 55 miles. For detailed directions, visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/driving-directions.htm. Visitors are strongly advised to check road/weather conditions in advance and/or be prepared for bad weather. Walking surfaces may be slippery and snowy. Travelers should provide additional time to accommodate for weather conditions. Drivers must bring and be prepared to use tire chains or cables, if required. For weather and road condition information, call 559-565-3341 and press 1.
For more information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit www.nps.gov/seki or call 559-565-3341.