A cold rain fell, Tuesday morning, as if it were introducing Columbia to winter. The dropping temperatures coincided with the arrival of the official South Carolina Christmas Tree and the beginning of the holiday season.

The 35-ft.  sheared Concolor (or white) fir from Maryland debuted at the North Lawn of the State House. The tree will feature 13,000 lights and 800-to-900 ornaments according to garden club officials.

Bruce Vollnogle, owner of TimberTech in Greer, transported the tree. This is the 13th consecutive year that Vollnogle and his team donated their time and services to pick up the tree and bring it to Columbia.

The 53rd Governor’s Carolighting is scheduled for Sun., Nov. 24.

Kelly Barbrey, vice president of marketing and communications with Experience Columbia SC was on hand,  along with members of the Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina. 

Getting a photograph at the tree is a tradition for many South Carolinians, and their families.

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