The Virgin Islands Christmas tree is prominent among those of the nation’s states and other territories which are on display in the shadow of the national tree, located on the mall close to the White House. It is located just to the left of a stage on the mall where there are holiday entertainment events nightly.
The island’s tree is decorated with holiday ornaments encased in clear plastic balls, to protect them from the snow and rain. Tree branches are also highlighted by red bows. (Click on the photos to see larger versions.)
Earlier this month, St. John artists Elaine Estern and Kimberly Boulon were guests at a White House reception to celebrate their contribution of VI-themed ornaments to be hung on the President’s tree. You can see pictures on the St. John Source Web site. Estern’s represents the Coral Reef National Monument; Boulon’s globes represent the V.I. National Park. Their ornaments were among 400 which were contributed as part of the Pageant of Peace’s "Holiday in the National Parks" theme.