Holiday Festivities – State Capitol Style

By Tracy Arnold

The holiday events at the State Capitol are back-to-back this year: the Christmas tree will be lit TODAY (12/10) at 5:30pm and the menorah will be lit TOMORROW (12/11) at 10am.  Both events are free, first-come-first-served, and should not be missed!  Here’s the full scoop…

This year’s tree lighting ceremony will be a bit toned down from the previous years – to escape the cold, everyone will be crammed into the Capitol rotunda.  But you can still be guaranteed to see the Governor and First Lady Maria Shriver celebrate the tree lighting with Maria Menounos, Tony Hawk and other special guests.  Afterwards, you can pop outside to view the energy efficient Christmas tree decorated in ornaments carefully crafted by the developmentally-disabled.  The crowds are usually big, and with the move into the rotunda – you should get there early to make sure you grab a spot up front (or watch online at

The menorah lighting  scheduled for Friday is a much smaller affair – if you arrive a bit early you can almost be guaranteed a seat inside the ropeline.

Governor Schwarzenegger at last year's menorah lighting
Governor Schwarzenegger at last year's menorah lighting

Guests are usually greeted with jelly donuts while they wait outside for the Governor and local Rabbis to arrive.  And if you stick around to the very end of the ceremony, you’ll get to see the Governor – in front of a 13 foot high menorah – dance with California’s Chabad community.

Hope to see you there!

Guest blogger Tracy Arnold is the newest member of team Mercury Public Affairs.  As a self proclaimed seeker of the obscure, I am always ready to offer my opinions on issues ranging from the latest Somali pirate ship attack, to where in Sacramento to find the most authentic xiao long bao, or California beach hikes vs. the trails of the Olympic National Park.

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