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The State House holiday season picks up full steam with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event on Wednesday, December 5th.  Children from area schools will gather in Nurses’ Hall for an evening of making reindeer crafts and decorating ornaments.  All attendees have the opportunity to partake in cookies, hot chocolate and other refreshments.

The Madrigal Singers from Lexington High School and musicians from the Berklee School of Music will provide musical accompaniment to the festivities.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Governor will read the holiday classic The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore to the children before they proceed outside to light the tree.

The tree, a 35-foot Balsam Fir, was planted on November 19, 2011 in honor of the late Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.  It was purchased and transplanted from a tree farm in Hatfield.  The tree farm is a member of the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Governor Patrick looks forward to hosting the children and their families and having them join him as he lights the now permanent State House Christmas Tree.

Governor Patrick invites the public to join him at the State House on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. for all the holiday activities.

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