Christmas At The Capitol Kicks Off 2020 Edition With Grand Lighting Ceremony Tuesday Night

Photo Credit: Patrick Callahan

(KCCR) — The Christmas at the Capitol holiday display is illuminated for another year. The grand lightning ceremony was held in the Capitol’s Rotunda Tuesday night. Doing the honor this year was seven year-old Ariell Marnell of Pierre helped along by Governor Kristi Noem and all in attendance…

Frank and Beth Marnell moved to Pierre in 2011 and adopted Ariell along with Laiken, Lander and Maury. Noem says adoption holds a close place with her family…

This year’s Rotunda tree, a 42-foot Engelmann Spruce, trimmed out to 26 and a half feet tall was donated by Bryan and Lori Stahl of Onida and is sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and South Dakota Nursing Association. Noem says it’s a chance to recognize what the state’s nurses have endured during the Covid-19 pandemic…

Some 83 decorated trees are filing the halls of the State Capitol. The trees will be displayed daily from eight am to 10 pm until December 26th.