SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will attend the 82nd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, December 12th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.
This year’s tree is a 55-foot tall red fir from the Latour Demonstration
State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the second Capitol
Christmas tree to come from a state forest.
The tree is decorated with 500 hand-crafted ornaments made by children
and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and
support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional
The Governor and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will light the Capitol
Christmas tree with eight-year-old Angel Valencia-Ceja, of Vallejo. It
will be illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED
Kitty O’Neal, of KFBK Radio, will emcee the ceremony, which will also
feature performances by the California Army National Guard’s DET 1, 40th
Infantry Division Band, Brass Quintet, the Governor’s Own; California
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera; students from the Oakland Military
Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; and St. Paul’s Baptist Church
When: Tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (formal program begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Where: California State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento, CA 95814
**NOTE: This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Members of the public are asked to RSVP and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the California Emergency Foodlink.
Parking for satellite trucks will be available on the east side of 10th Street between L and N Streets.
For more information on Angel Valencia-Ceja, please contact Nancy
Lungren, California Department of Developmental Services, at