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Annual Christmas tree lighting set for State Capitol

Posted December 9, 2010

— The Christmas spirit will be glowing on the grounds of North Carolina's state capitol.

Gov. Beverly Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves will light the Christmas tree on Thursday.

Prior to the tree lighting, a local band and choir will perform holiday music. The Junior Woman's Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate while local team mascots entertain the crowd. Girl Scouts will seek food donations for the local food bank as they go "Caroling for Cans."

The governor and first gentleman will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to begin the ceremony.

The 24-foot tree was grown by Peak Farms in Ashe County and will stand in honor of John L. Sanders and the state employees of North Carolina.

The Governor's Mansion also will be open for holiday yours through Sunday so people can view the decorations inside and enjoy performances of seasonal music. Hours vary, but no reservations are needed.


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  • Schpartacus Dec 9, 2010

    The Governor's Mansion is open for holiday mine?

  • thinkin out loud Dec 9, 2010

    Yay! A CHRISTMAS tree. Now I'm curious about what music will be played! Wiser_now

    The article says they will play "holiday" music though I'm certain it will be Christmas music, AS IT SHOULD BE! After all, the word Holiday came from Holy Day.

    The U.S. has no NATIONAL holidays, we only have LEGAL holidays

  • BlancheDancing Dec 9, 2010

    rofl Charlotte!


  • Wiser_now Dec 9, 2010

    Yay! A CHRISTMAS tree.
    Now I'm curious about what music will be played!

  • imnotsayinimjustsayin Dec 9, 2010

    Thank you for calling it what it is, a Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas!

  • Charlotte1776 Dec 9, 2010

    It's great to hear that it's a CHRISTMAS tree and not a "holiday tree." It's about as ridiculous as calling a menorah a "holiday lamp."