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State Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Open House 2018

Event Description

Join the State Capitol and Gov. Roy Cooper for the annual tree-lighting tradition on Thursday, Dec. 6! The festivities begin on Capitol Square at 5 p.m. with luminaries and holiday music by the Kaiser Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Band. At 5:30 p.m. the Raleigh Concert Band will perform. The governor and dignitaries will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony. The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street. The Junior Woman’s Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate – and even Santa is scheduled to make an appearance! 

The Capitol’s annual holiday open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. following the ceremony. The public is invited inside to see holiday decorations and natural greenery located throughout the building, and the Wake Med Chorus will perform in the rotunda. 

From Thursday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 7 (from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the Capitol will have holiday music in the rotunda!

The NC Executive Mansion will also be open following the tree lighting ceremony at the Capitol on the 6th from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7th - Saturday, Dec. 8th, the Mansion will also be open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Sunday, December 9th from 1-4 p.m.

Sponsors of the holiday festivities are the State Capitol Foundation, State Historic Sites Division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. 2018's official Tree Sponsor is the City Club of Raleigh.

All Capitol and Mansion events are FREE and no reservations are needed or accepted.

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