Christmas at the Capitol underway

Christmas at the Capitol underway Volunteers from across the state filled the Capitol last weekend, decorating more than 100 Christmas trees for the 22nd annual Christmas at the Capitol tree display.

The display kicked off Nov. 26 with a grand lighting ceremony that began at 7 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda.

The lighting ceremony featured musical performances by the Capital City Children's Chamber Chorus, Mallory Haley of Winner, and the Sioux Falls Light Spring Singers. Jeannie Schweigert and the Capitolians provided prelude music before the ceremony.

After the ceremony, kids of all ages could get their picture taken with Santa Claus in front of the two-story South Dakota tree in the Rotunda and enjoy cookies and punch on the first floor of the Capitol.

The Capitol Christmas tree display is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day from Nov. 27 through Dec. 25.

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