Gov. McCrory to light Christmas tree at State Capitol

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Christmas season in North Carolina means it’s time for the annual tree-lighting and open house at the State Capitol.

Gov. Pat McCrory will light the Christmas tree Thursday evening at the State Capitol and the holiday open house will begin after that, giving the public a chance to see the Capitol’s holiday decorations.

The festivities begin with luminaries and holiday music. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available, and Santa Claus also will be in attendance.

In conjunction with the tree-lighting, the first floor of the Nature Exploration Center at the Museum of Natural Sciences will be open late for a special event to meet animals such as toads, snakes, rats and lizards.

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