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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.

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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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