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Oh, Christmas Tower: WRAL Gives Annual Holiday Gift

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RALEIGH — It looks a lot like Christmas again in the skies of Raleigh. Our holiday tradition continued Friday as we flipped the switch for the annual WRAL-TV tower lighting.

The Mac Williams Middle School Chorus from Fayettevilleprovided beautiful musicleading up to the 6 p.m. ceremony. The chorus had been preparing for the event for months.

The 300-foot tower is wrapped with 2,890 colored lights. Three 5-foot-tall stars adorn the top of the tower.

In May 2000, WRAL-TV's tower won a community appearance award from the Citizen's Advisory Council of Raleigh.

The idea of putting lights on the tower came decades ago from A.J. Fletcher, the founder ofCapitol Broadcasting Company.