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Perdue, Santa light state Christmas tree

Posted December 10, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue's first year to light the North Carolina state Christmas tree featured something different.

State Christmas tree Web only: State Christmas tree lighting

Perdue and her husband, Bob Eaves, turned on the lights Thursday evening on a fir tree brought in from Ashe County and standing on the south side of old Capitol square in downtown Raleigh.

In recent years, then-Gov. Mike Easley lit a large bush-like tree that grows year-round on the old Capitol grounds.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said the governor liked the idea of placing a tree facing downtown to provide a connection with the decorations along Fayetteville Street.

Santa Claus was also in attendance, and joined the governor in a reading of "The Night Before Christmas."

"We're going to have fun this evening, and we're going to have a wonderful time," Santa said during a morning visit to the WRAL-TV studios.

Singing groups and children's activities followed the tree-lighting ceremony.


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  • Warren G. is back Dec 10, 2009

    No free flights on Santa's sleigh, Aunt B!

  • time4real Dec 10, 2009

    will Batman and Robin drop by too?

  • fernvalley Dec 10, 2009

    To jaredg...the City of Raleigh is not paying for the State Capitol's celebration. Private organizations, private funds are used to cover the costs so public can attend at no charge.

  • bubbba Dec 10, 2009

    After reading this for some reason it reminds me of the Grizzwald Christmas and he cant seem to get the lights to work.

  • Frank Downtown Dec 10, 2009

    FYI:This is the website for the State capitol.

  • speedy Dec 10, 2009

    thanks for the clarification on the costs and times, elliesmom.

    too bad WRAL couldn't have done the basic reporting.

  • jrfergerson Dec 10, 2009

    (free) holiday fun PLEASE - there is nothing free - somebody has to pay

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 10, 2009

    I tried to think of of some way to grinch out on this and blame Bev and the Democrats for the celebration of Christmas, but I came up with nothing......(Wait for it...somebody will use the phrase "Hope and Change" to make Christmas a political issue.)

  • jaredg Dec 10, 2009

    Thanks Ellliesmom! Hopefully we can squeeze that in before heading to Marbles Museum for the Jingle Ball.

  • time4real Dec 10, 2009

    this might be something she can actually do.