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Oklahoma leaders preparing for Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma leaders will be ringing in the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Capitol.

To get ready for the event, 700 students from 26 classes across the state arrived at the Capitol to decorate 26 small Christmas trees. In addition to decorating the trees, the students can participate in storytelling, music, dance, refreshments and can even write a letter to troops.

“I’m excited for the 26 classes chosen to decorate a tree this year,” State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said. “Experiencing the governor’s Christmas tree lighting is a memorable time for these students and teachers. I look forward to seeing their creativity on display at the Capitol and ushering in the holiday season together.”

Gov. Mary Fallin will speak before the 30-foot artificial Christmas tree is lit. The tree, which is a replica of a Douglas fir, has more than 2,500 energy-saving LED lights.

“The annual lighting of the Capitol’s Christmas tree is a very special time of the year to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends,” said Fallin. “I appreciate the students who come from across the state to decorate the numerous Christmas trees on display inside the Capitol.  I encourage Oklahomans and visitors to the state to stop by the Capitol this month to see the displays and enjoy the great work done by our school children.”

Darci Lynne Farmer, the winner of ‘America’s Got Talent’ will also perform during the tree-lighting ceremony.

The tree lighting ceremony is set to take place at 530 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 on the south plaza of the Capitol.