BOISE -- It is looking a little like Christmas at the Idaho State Capitol Tuesday.

Crews harvested a 45 foot Blue Spruce tree and set the tree up on the south Capitol steps on Monday. Crews began using cherry pickers Tuesday to put the lights on the tree in preparation for the lighting ceremony.

The tree was donated from the Kelchner Family from north Boise.

The Idaho Department of Administration says that the tree was originally 90 feet tall, but they had to cut it because it was too tall. According to the rings in the tree, it was planted in either 1946 or 1947.

Governor C.L. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter invite the public to join them for a celebration of the holiday season on Monday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m. for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Following the ceremony, refreshments and cookies will be provided along with a free book for each child who attends the ceremony.

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