Erie Times: Christmas tree lights up Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda
December 9, 2019

An 18-foot Douglas fir from Carbon County decorated with more than 900 LED lights and 1,600 handmade ornaments adorns the Capitol Rotunda after Monday’s tree-lighting ceremony.

Gov. Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and his family joined hundreds of people for the ceremony. The Bishop McDevitt High School Chorale performed Christmas carols and Santa Claus made an appearance. Preschool students from Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center and the Bank Street Center of Capital Area Head Start and Keystone Human Services also took part.

The rotunda tree, and two others, will be lit daily through the week of Jan. 6.

“The Capitol Christmas tree stands as a symbol of hope and the holiday spirit and will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors for weeks to come,” Wolf said. “This is a wonderful time of year to come together with family and friends to celebrate the season. Let us reflect on our blessings and everything the holidays have to offer.”

The ornaments for the rotunda tree were donated by students and seniors throughout the commonwealth in coordinated with Pre-K for PA and the Department of Aging.

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