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'Tis the season to light the WRAL tower

Posted December 1, 2013
Updated November 13, 2016

— WRAL will once again ring in the holiday season with the lighting of its tower.

WRAL will flip the switch on thousands of lights covering the 300-foot tower outside the station's Raleigh headquarters on Dec. 1.

The tradition started in 1959 with Capitol Broadcasting Co. founder A.J. Fletcher reading "A Christmas Carol" before the tower was lit. The lighting grew to include musical performances and aerial video from Sky 5.

WRAL's David Crabtree reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children during the WRAL tower lighting celebration on Dec. 2, 2013. WRAL Tower lights up the season

This year, WRAL-TV anchor David Crabtree continued the tradition by reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for a group of children.

 David Crabtree reads 'T'was the Night Before Christmas'

The Methodist University Chorale provided festive holiday tunes.

Outside, Southern Snowman continued their tradition of creating a wintry wonderland for those who stopped by the studios to watch the lighting in person.

The tower is covered in over 2,800 lights, which stay there the whole year but are only lighted during the holidays. Before the lighting, maintenance workers test every single bulb to make sure everything is in working order.

WRAL flips the switch on its annual tower lighting celebration. 54th annual WRAL Tower Lighting

The tower will stay lit until New Year's Day.

American Tobacco Campus will hold its annual celebration for the lighting of the Lucky Strike Tower on Friday starting at 6 p.m.


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