The Annual State Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Thursday, December 6th, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Captol Square.
There will be luminaries, and holiday music by the Kaiser Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Band.
Then, at 5:30 p.m., the Raleigh Concert Band will perform, and Governor Roy Cooper and dignitaries will make their way to the South Grounds at 6:15 p.m. to start the ceremony.
The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street.
The Junior Women’s Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate, and Santa will make an appearance.
At 6:30 p.m., following the ceremony, the public is invited inside to see holiday decorations and natural greenery inside the building, and the Wake Med Chorus will perform in the rotunda.
The Holiday Open House will continue for several days, with holiday music in the rotunda, and the NC Executive Mansion will also be open for visitors.
The Capitol is at 1 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh.
The North Carolina Executive Mansion is at 200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh.
All of these are free events and no reservations are required.
Here are the hours of each:
Holiday Open House at the Capitol:
- Thursday, December 6th: 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 7th: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8th: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Open House at the NC Executive Mansion:
- Thursday, December 6th: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, December 7th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9th: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.