Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf lights Capitol Christmas tree

22-foot Douglas fir from farm in Carbon County

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Christmas season is officially underway in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife, Frances, did the honors of lighting the Capitol Christmas tree during a ceremony in the rotunda on Friday.

The 22-foot Douglas fir, which came from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Carbon County, is decorated with more than 900 LED lights and 1,600 ornaments handcrafted by senior citizens and pre-K/Head Start students across the state.

"The Capitol Christmas tree is a beautiful reminder of all that the holiday season gives to us across our commonwealth," the governor said. "Let us all take the time this year to reflect on our own blessings and enjoy everything the holidays have to offer."

The Susquenita middle and high school choirs performed during the ceremony, and Santa Claus dropped in for a surprise visit.

In addition to the rotunda tree, another 22-foot Douglas fir stands tall on the Capitol steps, and an 18-foot Douglas fir is positioned in Soldiers' Grove.

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