Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Light the Capitol Christmas Tree
December 06, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf joined hundreds of people in the state Capitol Rotunda today to celebrate the holidays with the 2018 Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony.
“This is a wonderful time of year to come together with family and friends to celebrate the season,” said Governor Wolf. “As we gather around the beautiful Capitol Christmas tree and trees across the commonwealth, let’s reflect on our blessings and everything the holiday has to offer.”
The tree is an 18-foot Douglas Fir from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. It is decorated with more than 900 LED lights and more than 1,600 total hand-made ornaments from senior centers throughout the commonwealth coordinated by the PA Department of Aging and Pre-K/Head Start students through Pre-K for PA.
The Governor and First Lady were joined by Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper and the Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Acting Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Stephen. The Quakertown High School Varsity Singers performed and led the singing of Christmas carols and Santa Claus made an appearance.
In addition to the Rotunda Tree, there is a 20-foot Douglas Fir on the Capitol Steps and a 16-foot Douglas Fir in Soldiers’ Grove.
The Rotunda tree will be lit daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., while the Capitol Steps and Soldiers’ Grove trees will be lit daily from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. All trees will be lit daily through the week of January 7, 2019.