Christmas trees soon to adorn Capitol hallways

Christmas trees soon to adorn Capitol hallways Christmas trees will fill the Capitol hallways next month for the 24th annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display.��

More than 90 Christmas trees will be on display in the Capitol hallways.�The display is open to the public from�8 a.m.�to�10 p.m. each day. The display begins with a grand lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and runs through Monday, Dec. 27.��

Schools, churches, communities, and civic groups from across the state decorate the trees.�The theme for 2004 is "Sentimental Days of Christmas."��

This year, the two-story�South Dakota�tree featured in the Capitol rotunda, will be decorated by the American Heart Association.�In addition to the trees, many other parts of the Capitol will be decorated, including the grand marble staircase, the Visitor's Center, and the Capitol grounds.

More than 40,000 people visit the Capitol every year to enjoy the Christmas tree display.��

Model exhibits will again be a part of the holiday display.��These exhibits will be set up in the�Cultural�Heritage�Center, next to the State Library on the following weekends: Nov. 28 � Christmas Snow Globes from�Pierre; Dec. 4-5 � Model Railroad Display from Milbank; Dec. 11-12 � Sioux Falls�Lionel Train Club; and Dec. 18�� Holiday�Basket Weaving from�Pierre.

On many evenings and weekends, musical artists perform in the Capitol, adding to the Christmas spirit.�People interested in performing in the Capitol can contact Jo Doll, (605)773-3411 for more information.

Rawlins Public Library, Pierre, will host children's story times at the Capitol at�6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and�10:30 a.m.�Saturdays during the display.�

For more information about visiting Pierre, call the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-962-2034.

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