South Carolina gov prepares to light state Christmas tree

November 21, 2021 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is getting ready to light up the state’s Christmas tree.

McMaster will flip the switch at the end of Sunday evening’s 55th Annual Governor’s Carolighting ceremony at the Statehouse.

The event includes singing, a Christmas-story themed program and brief remarks by the governor, organizers said.

The Garden Club of South Carolina and the Columbia Garden Club have spent weeks decorating the tree just off Gervais Street in front of the Statehouse.

The tree is a 35-foot (11-meter) sheared Concolor Fir from Pinetum Christmas Tree Farm in Swanton, Maryland. TimberTech of Greer again volunteered to bring the tree to Columbia.