Gov. McMaster attends 57th Annual Governor’s Carolighting Ceremony

Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 4:47 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2023 at 10:59 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina’s 35-foot-tall Christmas tree will officially light up Sunday night during the 57th annual Governor’s Carolighting.

Gov. Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster will kick off the holiday season on the State House’s north steps at 6 p.m.

The massive Norway Spruce arrived at the State House Monday from Henderson Tree Farms in Morgantown, North Carolina, Experience Columbia SC spokesperson Charlene Slaughter said.

“The Carolighting is one of South Carolina’s finest traditions, bringing together family, friends, and neighbors,” the governor said in a statement. “Peggy and I look forward to joining with fellow South Carolinians to celebrate the beginning of a new Christmas season.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Experience Columbia SC, the Columbia Garden Club, and the Garden Club of South Carolina. Organizers say Jada Samuel, Miss South Carolina 2023, will serve as the evening’s emcee.