RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Pat McCrory is ready to light the State Capitol Christmas tree.
The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday and begins at 5 p.m. with the lighting of luminaries and performances by local musicians.
The lighting is set for 6:15 p.m., when McCrory is to go to the south grounds of the Capitol to light the 24-foot tree from Peak Farms near Jefferson.
After the lighting, the public is invited to attend an open house inside the state capitol to see trees donated by Cartner Christmas Tree Farm of Asheville that have been decorated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture with home grown fruits and vegetables.
The governor and first lady are also asking visitors to bring donations of food, blankets, towels, toys and treats for North Carolina's rural animal shelters.