Gov. Perdue To Light State Christmas Tree

Gov. Beverly Perdue's first year to light the North Carolina state Christmas tree will feature something different.

Perdue and husband Bob Eaves will turn on the lights Thursday evening on a fir tree brought in from Ashe County and standing on the south side of old Capitol square in downtown Raleigh.

In recent years, then-Gov. Mike Easley lit a large bush-like tree that grows year round on the old Capitol grounds.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said the governor liked the idea of placing a tree facing downtown to provide a connection with the decorations along Fayetteville Street.

Singing groups and children's activities will follow the tree-lighting ceremony. Perdue and "Santa Claus" also plan to read to children in attendance.

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