“Christmas at the Capitol” lighting ceremony set for Tuesday night

November 23, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – The 2020 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Capitol Rotunda at 7 o’clock Tuesday night.

The Capitol Christmas display includes more than 80 trees decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, non-profits and state government offices. This year’s theme for Christmas at the Capitol is “Deck the Halls.”

The largest tree in the Capitol, a 42-foot Engelmann Spruce, is being decorated by the South Dakota Nurses’ Association and was donated by Brian and Lori Stahl of Onida. After being trimmed, the tree stands at 26.5 feet in the rotunda.

The public can view the tree display from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, starting Wednesday, including holidays and weekends. The last day to view the display is Saturday, Dec. 26.