State Christmas tree coming to Alabama Capitol

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state Christmas tree is coming to the Alabama Capitol.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office says the tree is arriving at about noon Monday. A lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the public is invited.

This year’s Christmas tree is a 35-foot-tall (11-meter) Eastern Red Cedar grown in Bullock County. It was donated by Ray Allen’s farm of Fitzpatrick.

Governor Kay Ivey announced a $6.3 million grant being awarded to the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services Friday December 7, 2018 in Montgomery, Ala. Funds from this grant will go to support crime victims as they navigate the criminal justice system by providing 88 certified victim service officers (VSOs) throughout the state. (Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

The tree will be displayed on the front steps of the state Capitol. Decorations will include ornaments commemorating Alabama’s bicentennial.

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