BOISE – Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will host the ceremonial lighting of Idaho's Capitol Christmas Tree Monday evening.

The 25th Army Band will begin entertaining at 5 p.m. while guests enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Governor, First Lady, and Idaho's constitutional officers, as well as music by Opera Idaho and the Andrus Ambassador Honor Choir from Meridian's Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School.

Guests are invited into the Capitol after the Christmas tree is lit. Music will continue and free books will be given to children. Guests also are encouraged to visit the Governor's Ceremonial Office and the Capitol Gift Shop, where Idaho's 2017 State Christmas ornament will be available, along with other items crafted by Idaho artists.