PennLive: Capitol Christmas Tree ceremony returns: Watch the lighting of the 20-foot tree

December 6, 2022

After a short hiatus, the Pa. Capitol Christmas tree lighting returned for a special holiday ceremony inside the Rotunda on Monday.

The Rotunda tree stands at 20-feet tall, decorated with over 900 LED lights and more than 400 different ornaments created by senior center members throughout the commonwealth.

Several other decorations added to the tree have been contributed by the Pre-K and head-start students through Pre-K for PA.

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were among the guests present, with a performance from the Central Dauphin High School Chorus singing Christmas carols.

According to Governor Wolf, this time of year is a magical time for young children and stresses the importance of uniting all throughout central Pa.

“I’m always struck during the holiday season by the compassion and strength of Pennsylvanians,” he said. “I grew up here. I am a strong Pennsylvanian and one of the things that I love about this commonwealth is we know compassion. We know how to live together.

He adds that this time of year is a time to reach out to one another and support those around us.

“We’re going to light this magnificent tree,” he said. “That’s going to serve us a reminder that even when times are dark, even when we feel alone, even when things are hard, times are tough, hope, community and friendship survive.”

Watch the tree lighting video here.

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