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McCrory lights state Christmas tree

Posted December 11, 2014

— North Carolina's official Christmas tree was illuminated again for the season Thursday evening with the help of the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory flipped the switch with the help of several children for the tree located on the south side of the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh.

The event, as usual, began at sunset with special music – this year from the Raleigh Concert Band and a trio from Middlesex Church of God.

After the lighting, the Capitol hosted an open house, and the governor welcomed visitors at the Executive Mansion.

McCrory's office said Thursday marked the 36th annual tree lighting ceremony.


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  • scvmcdoc Dec 12, 2014

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    This state is in a better fiscal status than it was under Bev. You folks sure do have a lot of hate and really short memories.

  • Greg Boop Dec 12, 2014
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    Considering his track record in running the state, we are lucky he did not cause a widespread blackout across Raleigh.

  • Ernest Borgnine Dec 12, 2014
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    Considering the state budget is nearly 200 million short this year, what is the wisdom in performing this frivolous money spending exercise?

  • oldman48 Dec 12, 2014

    Sure was a lot more coverage on last year's WRAL-TV news last year when ole Bev lit it up!

  • Gary Lasereyes Dec 12, 2014

    What kind of carbon footprint do these tree lights leave?

  • Kaitlyn Legare Dec 11, 2014
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    The State House is really pretty this time of year. It's the only one that Sherman's army left intact. I guess they ran out of matches.

  • Terry Watts Dec 11, 2014
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    Why do I picture the scene where Buddy the Elf tries to put the star on top of the tree???

  • JustAnotherPointofView Dec 11, 2014

    I would be surprise if more protesters show up for this too...

  • heelhawk Dec 11, 2014

    maybe he can bring some cookies to pass out too.

  • Keith Hayes Dec 11, 2014
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    Since it is still in use is it really the " old Capitol"