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Tree Lighting Ceremony Held At California Capitol

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The state Christmas tree glows from the 10,000 ultra-low wattages LED bulbs after lighting ceremonies held by Gov. Jerry Brown at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The inside of California's state capitol building was full of music Tuesday night.

Students from Oakland performed as part of the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event was held inside because of rain and California Governor Jerry Brown said even that's something to be thankful for. 

"We have this wonderful building that was restored, and it was much of the memory and beauty of long ago," says Brown. "Tonight, we celebrate christmas, we celebrate lighting this tree, and we celebrate all the good things that we do for each other."

This was the 83rd Christmas tree ceremony.

This year's tree is a 53-foot White Fir from Shasta County. It's decorated with 900 hand-crafted ornaments made by people with developmental disabilities.

Pauline Bartolone


Pauline Bartolone has been a journalist for more than 15 years, during which she was Capital Public Radio’s healthcare reporter from 2011-2015. Her work has aired frequently on National Public Radio.  Read Full Bio 

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