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Holidays come to the Capitol

Once the large tree is lit, the angelic voices of children's choirs will strike its annual contrast with the decidedly unholy transactions of politics that take place within the Capitol's marble halls.

COURTESY ODF - The Capitol tree lighting ceremony is Dec. 3.The Capitol Christmas tree, hailing from the Clatsop State Forest, will be lit in a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. in the rotunda.

By the time Legislative Days wrapped up at the Oregon Capitol last week, it was already beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with smaller trees scattered around the lobby.

Once the large tree is lit, the angelic voices of children's choirs will strike its annual contrast with the decidedly unholy transactions of politics that take place within the Capitol's marble halls.

The LED lights on the main tree — more than 7,000 bulbs — are a relatively recent addition. They were donated by the NECA-IBEW Locals 48 and 280 in 2017.

If you're procuring Christmas gifts, Tuesday is also the last day to enter a state-sanctioned raffle to buy rare whiskey or bourbon.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission gets a limited amount of special release liquors every year. The commission's public drawing began Wednesday, Nov. 27 and continues until 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. You can find more details here: http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/Pages/ChancetoPurchase.aspx