Governor, First Lady invite public to ‘Dream. Hope. Act.’ at annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum encourage the public to join them for holiday readings, music and carols at the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Memorial Hall at the Capitol.
The theme for this year’s holiday tree is “Dream. Hope. Act.,” inspired by the first lady’s platform of eliminating the stigma of the disease of addiction, encouraging those struggling to reach out for help and instilling that there is always hope for recovery.
This year’s ceremony will include traditional songs and readings and will feature pianist Joel Gilbertson and the Simle Singers. All are welcome to attend and view the submitted handmade ornaments featured on the tree.
In keeping with last year's tree lighting event, the tree will be ceremoniously lit by individuals representing recovery to signify hope, opportunity and renewal during the holiday season. Attendees of the event may park in the visitor’s lot south of the Capitol building and enter the building through the south entrance.