Christmas trees soon to adorn Capitol hallways

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

More than 90 Christmas trees will be decorated Nov. 23 – 24 by members of schools, churches, communities and civic groups from across the state.

The display will officially begin with a grand lighting ceremony on Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 28. Display hours for the public will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT each day.

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

This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Great Outdoors.”

The two-story South Dakota tree specially featured this year in the Capitol rotunda was donated by Brandon and Cassandra Deffenbaugh of Brandon. The tree, a 31-foot blue spruce, will be decorated by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.

In addition to the trees, many other areas of the Capitol will be decorated for the holiday season, including the grand marble staircase and the Capitol grounds.

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