PHOENIX — A 25-foot-tall white pine tree was lit in the lobby of the state Capitol’s executive tower in a celebration overseen by Gov. Doug Ducey, marking the start of the holiday season.
The Capitol Christmas tree is officially lit 🎄⭐— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 1, 2021
Thank you to everyone who helped ring in the holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, Arizona! pic.twitter.com/FiVNc3KkZe
Wednesday's lighting of the Capitol tree is an annual tradition and brings together schoolchildren, state workers, and the governor.
This year’s celebration featured Christmas carols sung by students from Chandler High School.
Thrilled to have the @CHSWolvesAZ Treblemakers, the hardworking crew replacing the copper dome, service members and fellow Arizonans at the Executive Tower this morning to help light the Capitol Christmas tree! 🎄🎵 pic.twitter.com/NUGGnGAIQp— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 1, 2021
There were also members of a crew who are rebuilding the old Capitol’s copper dome.
The Christmas Tree was harvested Nov. 19 on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Bear Canyon Lake on by a state forestry crew.