Capitol and State Tree

State Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House


The State Tree Lighting festivities will begin on Thursday, December 8th on Capitol Square at 5:30 p.m. with luminaries and holiday music performed by the Raleigh Concert Band. The governor and dignitaries will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony. The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street. The Junior Woman’s Club will give away cookies and cider – and even Santa is scheduled to make an appearance!

After the ceremony, feel free to come into the Capitol to experience its holiday decorations and enjoy a performance by Colla Voce - an ensemble and advanced choir from Holly Springs High School.

From Thursday, Dec. 8th – Saturday, December 10th (from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. on Thursday & Friday and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday) the Capitol will have holiday music in the rotunda!

Sponsors of the holiday festivities are the State Capitol Foundation, State Historic Sites Division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, and the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

All Capitol events are FREE and no reservations are needed or accepted.