Christmas at the Capitol begins on Nov. 23

Christmas at the Capitol begins on Nov. 23 Volunteers from across the state will fill the Capitol this weekend, decorating more than 90 Christmas trees for the 24th annual "Christmas at the Capitol" tree display. The theme for 2004 is "Sentimental Days of Christmas."

The display kicks off Tuesday night, Nov. 23, with a grand lighting ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. The public is invited to attend.

The lighting ceremony will feature musical performances by the Scotland High School Show Choir, Jamie Porter and Brian Boe of Pierre; Portia Hurney and Ashlie Livermont of Pierre and Dean Rettedal. The Georgia Morse Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus of Pierre will provide pre-event music at 6:30 p.m.

After the ceremony, kids of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa Claus in front of the South Dakota Tree in the rotunda; and refreshments will be served on the first floor of the Capitol.

The Capitol Christmas tree display is free to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 29.

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