GSMNP ornament displayed on White House tree

An ornament depicting Great Smoky Mountains National Park is displayed on this year’s White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of decorations celebrating the theme of Holiday in the National Parks.

The Smokies ornament was hand-painted by Joey Heath, a graphic artist and illustrator who works for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, the park’s non-profit partner which operates the bookstores in park visitor centers. The park’s ornament includes two images of black bears. At this point the association has no plans to market replicas of the ornament.

The tree, located in the Blue Room, is adorned with handmade ornaments representing the country’s 391 National Park Service sites.

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