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Gov. Fallin, Supt. Barresi to host schoolchildren across state for Dec. 2 Christmas tree-lighting

Christmas Tree decorated by studentsOKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2014)  — More than 550 schoolchildren from throughout Oklahoma will converge on the state Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 2, for the lighting of the state Christmas tree. Gov. Mary Fallin and state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi host the annual event.

Held on the south steps of the Capitol, the ceremony will include Christmas carols; the hijinks of Rumble, mascot for the OKC Thunder; and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself. The 30-foot tree, which boasts more than 2,500 LED lights, will be lit around 6:15 p.m.

“The tree-lighting ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas with children, parents and teachers from around the state,” Fallin said. “I am looking forward to joining the students from over 25 schools — and Santa! — to light the tree and begin the holiday season.”  

Foster children will take part in lighting the 30-foot tree, a replica of a Douglas fir.

Twenty-three school districts across Oklahoma will be represented, including elementary school classes from Anadarko, Cherokee County, Cheyenne, Edmond, Healdton, Henryetta, I-29 Hilldale, Jenks, Lindsay I-9, Lomega, Moore, Muskogee, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Poteau, Putnam City, Shawnee, Spiro, Tipton, Tulsa, Valliant and Yukon.

Each class will spend the afternoon decorating one of 26 three-foot Christmas trees situated throughout the Capitol. The governor and state superintendent will join Santa in visiting the classes and their fully adorned trees.

“Christmas is a special and festive time of year, and it is always a treat to share its excitement with the children who come to the Capitol,” said Barresi. “It is truly a celebration, and I encourage families to join us.”

Storytellers from the Metropolitan Library System will be on hand to read classic Christmas tales, while seasonal music will be provided by the Canterbury Choral Society and various student groups from Carnegie, Edmond, Moore, Norman and Oklahoma City. Performers from the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre will be in full character for the festivities. Last but definitely not least, Rumble the Bison will entertain kids at the tree-lighting ceremony. 

Along with the Capitol tree, the ceremony will illuminate 53 other trees throughout State Capitol Park.





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Last updated on November 19, 2014