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Governor Haslam Hosts Lighting Of Capitol Christmas Tree

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2011 Tennessee state Christmas tree at the Capitol Building 2011 Tennessee state Christmas tree at the Capitol Building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam lit the Christmas tree at the Tennessee Capitol Monday evening. 

The 30-foot Norway spruce tree was moved to Nashville from state-owned land in Arrington, south of Nolensville, and has been decorated with more than 6,000 LED lights. The tree is three feet taller than last year's, and has twice as many lights.

The event for state employees, their families and the public will be held Monday evening on the plaza across from the Capitol building.

The celebration is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at War Memorial Plaza, and will feature horse and carriage rides, a reindeer named Snowflake, a visit from Santa and recording artist Chris Young.

The 2011 tree was decorated in red, silver and blue with Tennessee flags and featured a handmade, oversized tree topper bow.

Three years ago, the state Christmas tree toppled over at one point during high winds and had to be replaced.

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