Pennsylvania lights Capitol Christmas tree without public ceremony amid Coronavirus pandemic

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released photos and video of the lighting of the state's Capitol Christmas tree.

There was no public ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and all Capitol Christmas trees are outside this year.

Pennsylvania's Capitol Christmas Tree
Pennsylvania's Capitol Christmas Tree Photo credit Commonwealth Media Services

“Today we celebrate the lighting of Pennsylvania’s Capitol Christmas Tree,” Gov. Wolf said. “This beautiful tree is a sign of hope. A symbol of peace around the world. And a reminder that better days are ahead.”

The tree is a 20-foot-tall Douglas fir from a farm in Carbon County in the eastern part of the state.

Christmas decorations at Pennsylvania's Capitol building
Christmas decorations at Pennsylvania's Capitol building Photo credit Commonwealth Media Services

“While we are celebrating the holidays a little differently this year, the Capitol Christmas Tree will still serve as a symbol of the joy and happiness the holidays bring,” Gov. Wolf said. “I encourage everyone to admire and take in the beauty of the tree and decorations as you reflect on what this season means to you.”

Pennsylvania's Capitol Christmas Tree
Pennsylvania's Capitol Christmas Tree Photo credit Commonwealth Media Services

The Friday before Thanksgiving, the City of Pittsburgh held a virtual ceremony for the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at the City-County building Downtown.

The ceremony included Mayor Bill Peduto and special guest, Santa Claus. Watch the lighting of that tree here.