Gov. Noem announces details for Christmas tree-lighting ceremony
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem announced that this year’s Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. CST.
The Capitol Christmas display includes around 90 trees that are decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices. The theme for this year’s Christmas at the Capitol is “Hometown Christmas.” The largest tree in the Capitol, a 35-foot Colorado Blue Spruce, is being decorated by the South Dakota Realtors Association and was donated by Andrew Forest and Ciara Rounds of Pierre, SD. After being trimmed, the tree stands at 25.5 feet in the rotunda.
The public is welcome to join Gov. Noem for the lighting ceremony and enjoy music provided by the James Valley Christian High School Choir and the Haakon County Crooners. Immediately after the ceremony, kids of all ages can pose for pictures with Santa Claus in front of the South Dakota Christmas tree. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras.
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.