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Christmas at Capitol starts later this month

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

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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 Nov. 26 and continue through Dec. 28. Display hours for the public will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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 officials from South Dakota Game, Fish and 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.

— Source: Office of the Governor