88th Annual Trek To Nation's Christmas Tree Set For December 8 At Kings Canyon National Park

National Park Service staff lay a wreath at the base of the General Grant Tree during the Trek to the Tree event in Kings Canyon National Park. NPS file photo.

For a memorable kickoff to the year-end holiday season, you might head to Kings Canyon National Park to be on hand December 8 for the 88th Annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree.

The event starts at 2:30 p.m. on the 8th and features entertainment from the Jubilation Singers, the Tubachristmas Ensemble, and the Sanger High School Choir. (There also will be a non-denominational holiday message.)

Admission to the park will be free from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. to accommodate visitors. 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 also will be placed at the base of the General Grant Tree.

Attendees can park at the Grant Tree Trailhead or take a free shuttle from the Kings Canyon Visitor Center before taking the quarter-mile hike to this magnificent tree. Free shuttle users should allow for an extra 30 minutes of commute time.

The Sanger (California) Chamber of Commerce is also offering chartered bus service from its offices. Event attendees can reserve space on a Trek Service Bus for $30 per person, a Lunch Bus for $50 or a Dinner Bus for $50 by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 559-875-4575.