Governor Kay Ivey has invited Alabamians to, once again, join her for the official state Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The program is scheduled for Friday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Alabama state Capitol.
Governor Ivey shared this message on Wednesday as she visited with ALDOT employees and the men and women preparing and decorating the official state Christmas Tree.
“As we approach the Christmas season, many employees and volunteers are making preparations here at the Capitol, and I know we are all looking forward to lighting the official state Christmas Tree Friday evening,” Governor Ivey said. “I invite all Alabamians, friends and neighbors to join us here at the Capitol for that special occasion. This is always a wonderful event and serves as such a great reminder of the spirit of hope that Christmas brings.”
This year’s tree is a 40-foot Eastern Red Cedar from Mr. and Mrs. Ray Allen’s Farm in Bullock County. The tree, being displayed on the front steps of the Capitol has 37,000 lights strung on its branches and is adorned with special bicentennial ornaments to celebrate Alabama’s 200 years of statehood.
Beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday, the 151st Army National Guard Band will play various musical selections. At 5:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, “Every Light a Prayer for Peace,” will begin. The program will also include a performance by the Forest Avenue Elementary School Choir. Governor Ivey, along with commander and president of Air University at Maxwell Airforce Base Lieutenant General James Hecker and others will deliver remarks. The governor will give the count down before she flips the switch to light the official state Christmas Tree.