Christmas at the Capitol [Gallery]
PIERRE, S.D. — With Christmas just around the corner, the Capitol building in Pierre is lighting up with holiday decorations.
This year marks the 39th year of Christmas at the Capitol after it began in 1981 with 12 decorated trees. Over the years, the popularity of the Christmas tree display kept growing and growing up to this year where around 90 trees are on display. The theme for 2019 is “Hometown Christmas” and the largest tree this year, called the South Dakota tree, is a 25.5 foot tall Colorado Blue Spruce donated to the people of South Dakota by Andrew Forest and Ciara Rounds of Pierre and was decorated by the SD Realtors.
“Christmas in the Capitol is a wonderful tradition that Pierre residents and folks across South Dakota enjoy every year,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “I’m thrilled to continue the festivities and highlight the different elements of our hometowns through the tree displays. Come visit the Capitol and catch the Christmas spirit!”
The holiday display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily starting on Nov. 27. The last day to view the display is Dec. 26.
Check out this gallery of the trees decorated for Christmas at the Capitol.