Vermont celebrates the holiday season with Statehouse tree lighting

Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 5:21 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 7:10 PM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Montpelier is in the holiday spirit! Monday, the tree on the Statehouse lawn was lit up.

A large crowd was on hand to see this year’s tree lighting.

The more than 40-foot Balsam tree is one of the largest ever on the Statehouse lawn. It was donated by North Light Tree Farm in Calais.

And it wasn’t just the tree, it was an afternoon of fun at the People’s House, from reindeer to performances of holiday songs.

Organizers said they were thankful to have such a large in-person event again.

“This is incredible, incredibly important. I think this is what the governor’s office has wanted, that’s one of the reasons I think they pulled out the stops this year to ensure that we had a lot of activity going on the lawn for this event. Because I think the governor himself knows that Vermont needs a great holiday season ahead. And this is the kick-off to that season,” Vermont State Curator David Schutz said.

The celebration was capped off with the governor’s reading of “‘Twas A Night Before Christmas” for the kids.