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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Capitol Christmas tree lights up the Hill

Update: The ceremony has now ended. See video from the event below and photos after the jump.


The Capitol Christmas tree lighting tonight may lack the celebrity guests and fanfare of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, but it’s still a Washington tradition.

Speaker of the House John Boehner is set to flip the switch and turn the 65-foot white fir tree into a light-bedecked wonder on the Capitol’s west lawn tonight at 5 p.m. ET.

The first official Capitol tree made its debut in 1964. This year’s tree will be available for public viewing until Jan. 1; lights are turned on from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly.

Got a tree to rival the official firs of Washington? Show it off in our gallery here.

By Amanda McGrath  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/06/2011

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