Christmas trees adorn Capitol hallways in Pierre

PIERRE — Christmas trees will begin to fill South Dakota Capitol hallways later this month for the annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display.

The 2012 theme is "Joyous Sounds of Christmas."

More than 90 Christmas trees were decorated Nov. 17-18 by members of schools, churches, communities, and civic groups from across the state.

Thousands of guests visit the South Dakota State Capitol each year to view the decorated trees.

The display will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 26.  Display hours for the public will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST each day.

The two-story South Dakota tree specially featured this year in the Capitol rotunda was donated by Josh and Mary Arntz of Pierre.  It is a blue spruce that is about 35-feet tall. The tree will be decorated by Girls Scouts – Dakota Horizons, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary.

In addition to the trees, many other parts of the Capitol will be decorated for the holiday season, including the Grand Marble Staircase and the Capitol grounds.

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