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Governor, First Lady light Christmas tree

Posted December 5, 2007
Updated November 18, 2008

— Gov. Mike Easley and First Lady Mary Easley participated in the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Wednesday night.

The festivities began with musical performances by the Athens Drive High School Vocal Ensemble and the Raleigh Concert Band. The Easley’s hung wreaths on the Capitol’s west doors to begin the official tree lighting ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh hosted a holiday festival featuring musical groups, children’s activities, food, community mascots and Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Capitol, the Bicentennial Plaza, and the N.C. museums of History and Natural Science.

The General Assembly Chorus and the Wake Med Chorus sang in the Capitol rotunda. The Capitol hosted an open house for guests to tour the Capitol and its holiday decorations.

The Encore Singers and the Carolina Dance Center performed at the Bicentennial Plaza outside the N.C. Museum of History. Children’s activities at the N.C. Museum of History included playing with toys and games, creating a holiday tangram and viewing the exhibits “What We Wore In North Carolina” and “Rhythm and Roots of North Carolina Music.”

The Kindermusik’s Flute Choir and the Broughton High School aCAPpella choral group performed at the Bicentennial Plaza outside the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. At the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, guests also visited the “Meet the Animals” exhibit.

The Capitol will also host holiday open houses featuring local performing groups from Thursday through Dec. 9. Hours are: Thursday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact the state Capitol at 919-733-4994 for more information about self-guided tours.


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  • 3potato4 Dec 6, 2007

    nisa, I think that's a great idea. The tree would be beautiful with childrens handiwork decorating it.

  • NCSUPackfan Dec 6, 2007

    Harry Canyon:
    That tree is a LIVE tree that is there year around. It's got roots in the ground.

    With the lights on it, it looks kind of like a pickle really.

  • Harry Canyon Dec 5, 2007

    I thought we were in a drought. How are they going to keep the tree fresh so the lights don't light it up like a roman candle? I know,they'll WATER it.

  • Skepticghoul Dec 5, 2007

    "It lost, along with Darwin and the theory of evolution, to our intelligent creator, God."

    You mean the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

  • Godless Liberal Dec 5, 2007

    [[ you lost... ]]Ah, I see. You create a fake war and then declare yourself the winners, like in Wag The Dog. I'll have to remember that trick.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 5, 2007

    Gee why are they doing this? Won't this increase the pace of global warming? I mean gee, the power usage, the heat from all those lights; GADs

  • engineerNCSU Dec 5, 2007

    "Whatever happened to the War On Christmas(tm)?"

    It lost, along with Darwin and the theory of evolution, to our intelligent creator, God.

  • Sopranos Justice Dec 5, 2007

    "Whatever happened to the War On Christmas(tm)?"

    you lost...

  • AKA PikeMom Dec 5, 2007

    Yippee yaya.I hope it will be better than the music (awful) and the lighting WRAL just had.I had to cut the TV off,just to get rid of that music.It sure didn't put me in the spirit.

  • nisa-pizza Dec 5, 2007

    Is it just me or does anyone else wonder when they plan on doing a little more with those lights on that tree? For it to have a big lighting ceremony and all it's a bit wanting on the decortations.


    It doesn't have to be like the one at Rockerfeller Center but it's a very humble tree with not much more than vertical strands of lights going up and down it. Not quite befitting for the State Capitol I think.

    Even if the school children from the state made decorations for it every year and the staff put those up, that would be alot better than what they've got going now.