Early Thursday evening, November 29, "Holidays at the Capitol" officially began with the lighting of the Capitol Holiday Tree and arrival of Santa. The Capitol Rotunda was packed with families and children enjoying the festivities, which also included holiday music by school choirs.
This year’s Capitol tree is a 30-35-year-old Noble Fir, approximately 30 feet tall, that came from the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook State Forest. After the Capitol was unable to obtain a tree of sufficient size donated from other locations, South Fork Forest Camp stepped up, delivering the tree on Monday, November 26. Private tree-growers donated additional smaller trees, all reflecting this year’s theme of a “Whimsical Wonderland”.
A work facility located in the Tillamook State Forest, and co-managed by the Oregon departments of Corrections and Forestry, the South Fork Forest Camp has provided management services for state-owned forests and wildfire protection for all forestlands of the state for more than 60 years.