State Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House @ North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh [from 6 to 9 December]

State Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Open House

6 - 9
17:00 - 15:00

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North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Join the State Capitol and Gov. Roy Cooper for the annual tree-lighting tradition on Wednesday, Dec. 6th!

The festivities begin on Capitol Square at 5 p.m. with luminaries and holiday music by the Raleigh Concert Band and Oak City Voices. The governor and dignitaries will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony. The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street. The Junior Woman’s Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate – and even Santa is scheduled to make an appearance!

The Capitol’s annual holiday open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. following the ceremony. The public is invited inside to see holiday decorations and natural greenery located throughout the building, and the Wake Med Chorus will perform in the rotunda.

From Thursday, Dec. 7th – Friday, Dec. 8th (from 9 — 3) the Capitol will have music in the rotunda throughout the day, and on Saturday, Dec. 9th from 10-3 p.m., the Capitol will again have music, with Santa returning from 1-3 p.m.!

The Capitol will be collecting food donations for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle from the 5th through the 16th of December! If you're coming down for Tree Lighting, bring your donations. We will collect non-perishable food items, including canned fruits and vegetables, dried noodles and sauces, whole grain cereal, peanut butter crackers, and soups. All donations will go to the shuttle’s “School Pantries” program! For more information about what to donate visit

The NC Executive Mansion will also be open following the tree lighting ceremony at the Capitol on the 6th from 6 — 8pm. Thursday, Dec. 7th — Saturday, Dec. 9th, the Mansion will also be open 10am — 5pm.

Sponsors of the holiday festivities are the State Capitol Foundation, State Historic Sites Division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. 2017’s official Tree Sponsor is the City Club of Raleigh.

All Capitol and Mansion events are FREE and no reservations are needed or accepted.
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