Gov. Scott Walker presides over a ceremony to light the
30-foot balsam fir Christmas tree in the state Capitol
rotunda on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Madison, Wis.
MADISON - After
two lighting ceremonies, the lights of the Wisconsin state Capitol
Christmas tree are now on for good.
Gov. Scott Walker
early Thursday morning presided over a low-key ceremony to turn on
the lights of the 30-foot balsam fir Christmas tree.
But the lights
were turned back off until a noontime ceremony where they were
switched on a second time by Department of Natural Resources
Secretary Cathy Stepp and members of the Antigo High School
Walker moved the
lighting ceremony to the morning in 2011. That year about 200
Thursday's lighting events attracted a couple dozen people each.
The tree stands
in the middle of the Capitol rotunda, surrounded by other displays
including two nativity scenes and a "Seinfeld"-inspired