Governor Brown to Host 87th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will host the 87th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 6th on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

This year’s tree is a 65-foot-tall white fir from the Latour Demonstration State Forest located near Redding in Shasta County, the seventh Capitol Christmas tree to come from a state forest managed by CAL FIRE.

The tree will be illuminated by approximately 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights and is decorated with more than 900 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s developmental centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

The Governor and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will light the Capitol Christmas tree with 7-year-old Kiran Dong of Valencia, who was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome and receives services from the North Los Angeles County Regional Center. Dong is a student in the second grade at Tesoro del Valle Elementary School and enjoys to swim, rock climb, ride horses and play soccer.

Kitty O’Neal of KFBK Radio will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by the California Army National Guard’s DET 1, 40th Infantry Division Band, Brass Quintet, the Governor’s Own; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; Harley White Jr. Trio; and St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: California State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento, CA 95814

**NOTE: This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Members of the public are asked to RSVP here and are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Sacramento Food Bank.

Parking for satellite trucks will be available on the east side of 10th Street between L and N Streets.

For more information about Kiran Dong, please contact Nancy Lungren, California Department of Developmental Services, at