Tree festivities stand out on Sacramento seasonal calendar

December 6, 2013 by  

Locals are invited to join the Governer, Jerry Brown, and his wife later this month for the 82nd Annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony, taking place at the state capitol building in downtown Sacramento.

The festive ceremony will be open to the public and will include assistance from a young Californian, a poem reading by a well-known poet, and performances from a number of brass bands and choirs from the area, including the Governor’s Own DET 1.

Every year, the state holds an official state capitol tree lighting ceremony, and while those involved may change, the main event remains the same—switching on the tree. This year’s specimen is a magnificent 55-foot Whitefir from Latour Demonstration State Forest in Redding.

The event will be hosted by mistress of ceremonies and local personality Kitty O’Neal, a KFBK afternoon news anchor. Assisting the governor in lighting the tree will be eight-year-old Angel Valencia-Ceja from Vallejo. That will be followed by a reading from noted poet Juan Felipe Herrera and then various musical numbers from the bands and choirs. There should be ample opportunities for people to take memorable photographs, some of which might be used for seasonal postcard printing.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 12 at 4:00 pm, regardless of the weather, outside of the capital building. Reservations are needed to attend the ceremony and visitors are requested to bring a food item for donation to California Emergency Foodlink.