Rhode Island State House Christmas tree is lit

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

The Rhode Island State House Christmas tree was lit Thursday night.

Governor Gina Raimondo and the First Gentleman, Andy Moffit, flipped the switch on more than 9,000 twinkling lights. Moffit was the Master of Ceremonies.

When ABC6 asked the Governor about the controversy surrounding the tree lighting in the past, about whether to call it a "holiday tree" instead of "Christmas Tree," she said there was never a question.

"It is a Christmas tree, so we’re going to call it a Christmas tree. Next week we’re going to have a Hanukkah lighting. We welcome everybody. It’s a holiday event, it’s a time for joy, happiness, and taking care of each other, and uplifting the people of Rhode Island," said Raimondo.

There were plenty of performances, including Esek Hopkins Middle School’s Italian Choir.

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