- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s official Christmas tree will be illuminated again for the season with the help of the governor.

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to flip the switch early Thursday evening for the tree located on the south side of old Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh.

The event, as usual, begins at sunset with special music - this year from the Raleigh Concert Band and a trio from Middlesex Church of God. After the lighting, the old Capitol will host an open house, while the Executive Mansion will welcome visitors until 8 p.m.

McCrory’s office said Thursday will mark the 36th annual tree lighting ceremony.

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