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The lights from the North Dakota state Christmas Tree glow against the backdrop of the gold-colored columns in Memorial Hall as people walk by inside the state Capitol in Bismarck in 2017. During a public ceremony, Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum officially flipped the switch to light the tree. The artificial tree is filled with 331 donated handmade ornaments made by children, artists and craftspeople from across the state. 

The annual North Dakota state Christmas tree lighting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Memorial Hall at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will lead the ceremony with the theme of "Dream. Hope. Act." 

The tree's theme is in line with the first lady's platform of recovery from addiction. 

The ceremony will include traditional songs, readings and music from pianist Joel Gilbertson and the Simle Singers. 

Those planning to attend the public event may park in the visitors lot south of the Capitol building and enter through the south entry.

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