Vermont’s Christmas Tree

Each year the Governor of Vermont hosts the lighting of the Christmas tree, which sits on the cascading granite steps of the Vermont State House. Everyone is invited to hear Christmas carols by schoolchildren, listen to a few words by the Governor and then enjoy the decorated interior of the State House with cookies and cider.

Montpelier was graced with a balmy 45 degree afternoon on December 5, 2013 and many Vermonters joined Governor Peter Shumlin. The carolers were children from Westminster, VT.

The Vermont State House prior to the start of the tree lighting ceremony.

The Vermont State House prior to the start of the tree lighting ceremony.

And the tree is lit!

And the tree is lit! This year’s tree is 40′ tall from Waitsfield, VT.

The tree inside the State House was decorated by volunteers.

The tree inside the State House was decorated by volunteers.

The chandelier acted as a tree star.

The chandelier acted as a tree star.

A beautiful tree!

A beautiful tree!

Handmade ornaments include historic photographs of the State House.

Handmade ornaments include historic photographs of the State House.

A few more historic photographs. Clarification: reproductions, not actual historic photos.

A few more historic photographs. Clarification: reproductions, not actual historic photos.

The State House demonstrates beautiful Greek Revival architecture. The ceiling is spectacular. Here everyone is enjoying cookies and cider in the main foyer.

The State House demonstrates beautiful Greek Revival architecture. The ceiling is spectacular. Here everyone is enjoying cookies and cider in the main foyer. Abraham Lincoln observes.

Merry Christmas Vermont!

Merry Christmas Vermont!

Thank you to Governor Shumlin for hosting the Christmas Tree Lighting. And to the staff (fellow preservationists) who decorated (David, Tracy, Thad and volunteers) – the State House looks even more beautiful this time of year. What a lovely way to begin the holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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4 thoughts on “Vermont’s Christmas Tree

  1. Thank heavens for a simply, tastefully lit tree! Not so sure about the chandelier as a “tree star” for the indoor version, though, seems a bit overpowering – I guess angels are politically incorrect? The interior, with its columns and ceiling, is so elegant (possibly in part due to its sensible scale?). Thanks for the Xmas cheer!

    • Hi Dave,

      I’m guessing that was the best place for the Christmas tree and the chandelier just happened to be in the way! And yes, the interior is stunning. It’s one of the few state houses (or the only one?) where you can just walk in to visit.

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