The event is open to all Rhode Islanders and their families and will feature performances from the Governor's Own 88th Army Band, among others. There will be an opportunity to take photos with Santa. People are encouraged to bring their own cameras.
"While we are facing many challenges as a state, this is a time to come together with loved ones and reflect on all we have to be grateful for," said Raimondo. "My family wishes all Rhode Islanders a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season."
"Given the hustle and bustle that often marks the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to come together, as families and a community, to celebrate the season," First Gentleman Andy Moffit said.
The 16 foot balsam tree was donated from Greene Tree Farm and Nursery, part of the RI Tree Growers Association and owned by Ted and Michelle Pezzelli in Greene, RI.
This gathering will also mark the season of giving. The Governor will use the hashtag #RISeasonofGiving in relation to this event. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
Who: Governor Gina Raimondo
First Gentleman Andy Moffit
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Nathan Bishop Middle School Hand Bell Choir
Esek Hopkins Middle School Italian Choir
The Governor's Own 88th Army Band
Where: The Rhode Island State House
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Event Begins: 5:30pm
Christmas Tree Lighting: 6:15pm