Walker presides over tree lighting ceremony

  • Associated Press
  • December 5, 2013 - 1:20 PM

MADISON, Wis. — After two lighting ceremonies, the lights of the Wisconsin state Capitol Christmas tree are now on for good.

Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday morning presided over a low-key ceremony to turn on the lights of the 30-foot balsam fir Christmas tree.

But the lights were turned back off until a noontime ceremony where they were switched on a second time by Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and members of the Antigo High School trumpet ensemble.

Walker moved the lighting ceremony to the morning in 2011. That year about 200 people attended.

Both of Thursday's lighting events attracted a couple dozen people each.

The tree stands in the middle of the Capitol rotunda, surrounded by other displays including two nativity scenes and a "Seinfeld"-inspired Festivus pole.

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