October 24, 2014

Christmas comes to the Capitol

The 2012 Wisconsin state Capitol Christmas Tree (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

The Wisconsin Capitol Christmas Tree is officially in place, after Governor Scott Walker helped flip the switch on the lights early this morning. Walker says Christmas Trees are a major industry in Wisconsin and he’s happy to have a 35 foot Balsam Fir from Medford filling the rotunda this season.

Student choirs from Medford and Stetsonville sang in the rotunda during the noon hour, as part of the annual ceremony that kicks off the holiday season at the state Capitol building.

The tree was donated by Meyer’s Castle Tree Farm of Medford. It features over 2,000 lights and ornaments made by students from around the state. The theme of the tree this year is Wisconsin-made products, and ornaments range from Harley Davidson motorcycles to cheese and other dairy products.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:11)