BLOG: Christmas Tree Lighting at the Capitol (VIDEO)

By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary

December 19, 2015

Updated: December 19, 2015, 12:15 PM
Posted: December 14, 2015, 4:10 PM

Today, Governor Wolf, First Lady Wolf, and Lieutenant Governor Stack gathered at the Capitol for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, the 22-foot Douglas Fir grown by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County was donated to the commonwealth by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Historians believe that the idea of the Christmas Tree began with German Lutherans in the 17th century and spread to Pennsylvania around 1820 after they began to immigrate to this area. Since then, the Christmas Tree has been a key part of Christmas celebrations statewide.

Watch the videos of the ceremony and the time lapse below.

Tree Lighting Ceremony




Tree Lighting Time Lapse




Read Governor Wolf’s Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting remarks, as prepared.

See pictures from the Capitol Tree Lighting and other holiday celebrations in Harrisburg.

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