Update: Richmond tree lighting back on

December 13, 2011

Last year’s tree at the capitol. (Courtesy of the Virginia Governor's Office)

Richmond’s Christmas tree lighting is back on, now that Steven Spielberg has finished shooting “Lincoln,” in the capital. The annual holiday tradition — the tree typically goes up early in December, followed by an official lighting— was called off this year because the Oscar-winning director used the capitol building as a stand-in for the White House.

But the film crews have cleared out, and a tree will go up on the south portico of the capitol next week, reports our colleague Laura Vozzella. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday that he and the first lady will preside over a “small” lighting ceremony on Dec. 20.

Read earlier: Richmond cancels tree lighting ceremony for ‘Lincoln’ shoot, 11/17/11

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