Gov. Ralph S. Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam light the official Virginia Capitol Christmas tree that stands on the South Portico of the Capitol. Participating in the ceremony Wednesday night are the Eastern View High School Troubadors from Culpeper County and Bettina Ring, state secretary of agriculture and forestry. The tree lighting touches off many of the area’s holiday festivities that will take place Friday and Saturday.
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Richmond will turn on the holiday lights and welcome Santa to Downtown this weekend to officially launch the celebration of the season in the Capital City. First up will be the 34th Annual Grand Illumination on Friday, Nov. 30.