California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday canceled the annual public lighting of the Christmas tree on the grounds of the state Capitol in Sacramento because of a pro-Hamas demonstration of 300 people planned for the event. Newsom announced he will hold a “pre-recorded virtual ceremony” for the Christmas tree lighting on Wednesday.

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Pro-Hamas protesters have disrupted Christmas tree lighting ceremonies across the country over the past two weeks, most famously in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where Joe Biden was in attendance, and at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

KCRA-TV reporter Ashley Zavala reports from the Capitol on the lighting cancellations and the planned holiday market. Zavala said a spokesperson for the governor said the public lighting event was canceled for “the safety of all attending members and guests, including children and families” due to protests at other recent events.

Newsom’s statement,

Governor Newsom and First Lady Siebel Newsom to Host the 92nd Annual California State Capitol Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Published: December 05, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Seibel Newsom will host the 92nd annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting in a pre-recorded virtual ceremony on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m.

The celebration, an annual tradition dating back to the 1930s, highlights California’s diverse heritage and spirit of inclusion – the program will include the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Wilton Rancheria and representatives from the Department of Developmental Services’ regional centers.

The Governor and the First Partner will light the State Capitol Tree along with special guest Harley Goodpasture, five-year-old and the first Native American child to assist in the ceremony – marking the 40th year a child from a regional center has lit the tree. As part of this tradition, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across California created ornaments that will decorate this year’s majestic 60-foot red cedar tree, and this long-standing tradition was expanded this year and It included 21 trees from all the regional centres.

His parents, Season and James Goodpasture, founded Acorns to Oak Trees, the first regional center to provide service on tribal lands.

What: 92nd Annual California State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Livestream: Office of the Governor youtube , Twitter , Facebook

**This program will also be available on TV stations on the LiveU matrix under “California Governor.”


Last week, Sacramento Midtown Association announces (To get a little attention) The ceremony will be made virtual due to (pro-Hamas) protests across the country, but Newsom waited until Tuesday afternoon to broadcast to the public, with the in-person ceremony canceled.

As we see protests across the country impacting the safety of events at all levels, we have decided not to continue with the holiday market planned for Tuesday, December 5th. We’ll provide updates on our holiday plans and family-friendly celebrations. A future date.

In the meantime, please continue to support our local vendors at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm – we look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the vibrancy of Midtown!

Last month, Gavin Newsom cleared San Francisco of communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. This month, he canceled the traditional public tree lighting ceremony for a virtual lighting due to fear of a pro-terrorist crowd.

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