Gov. Kay Ivey to light state Christmas Tree Friday night

Alabama Capitol Christmas Tree 2017
[Photo Credit: Gov. Kay Ivey]

On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey will light the Capitol Christmas tree. The theme of this year’s ceremony is “Every Light a Prayer for Peace.” The official state Christmas tree is a 45-foot Eastern Red Cedar from Coosa County.

The wars between Israel and Hamas and between Ukraine and Russia have made this Christmas more of a somber one.

The Governor will be joined at the annual tree lighting ceremony by Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Rick Pate, Brigadier General William Freeman, Garden Club of Alabama officials, and other distinguished guests and community leaders.

Ivey wrote on X, “Holiday spirit is in the air with the arrival of the state Christmas tree — all thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and employees! Join me tonight at 5:30 p.m. for our tradition of lighting Alabama’s evergreen.”

Sources are reporting to Alabama Today that a special red-suited guest from the North Pole could be in attendance.

The tree lighting event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Musical performances will be provided by the 151st Army National Guard Band beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The event will be at the Alabama State Capito at 600 Dexter Avenue in Montgomery.

The tree arrived via I-65 on Monday. State workers and community members have been decorating it ahead of Friday’s event.

The lighting of the Christmas tree is an annual tradition that many Alabama families enjoy every Christmas season.

Another Christmas tradition in Montgomery is tours of the Governor’s mansion which has been decorated for the holiday.

Holiday Candlelight Tours will occur on Monday, December 11 and Monday, December 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For questions regarding the Holiday Candlelight Tours, contact the mansion staff at or call 334-834-3022.

Mansion tours are also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The Tuesday and Thursday tours are free self-guided tours that require a ticket to enter. Tickets are available at the Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop (30 Finley Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104) and the Sweet Home Alabama gift shop (401 Adams Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104).

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