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State Christmas Tree Lighting A ‘Joyful Night’

A large Christmas tree being lifted into the air by a crane.
The state Christmas tree is a 50-foot-tall Balsam Fir from Randolph County's Kumbrabow State Forest.
Courtesy the WV Governor's Office

The West Virginia tree lighting event Joyful Night begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the south steps of the State Capitol Complex. 

The state Christmas tree is a 50-foot-tall Balsam Fir from Randolph County’s Kumbrabow State Forest

The West Virginia Division of Forestry, the General Services Division and the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) all participated in the cutting, transporting and positioning of the tree.

At 6:30 p.m, Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice will light the tree. 

There will be seasonal music from the Philip Barbour High School Band, Capital High School VIPs Show Choir and the Barboursville Elementary Choir. 

There will also be a special reading of a Marc Harshman Christmas poem by Winfield High School student and creative writing contest winner Braylee Smolder.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will broadcast the celebration live on the West Virginia Channel. An encore of the celebration will be broadcast on Saturday at 5 p.m. on the West Virginia Channel.

Viewers can also tune in to the governor’s and first lady’s social media platforms – YouTube, X and Facebook.