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Holidays at the Oregon Capitol Feature Choirs of Schoolkids

Pringle Elementary's choir was one of many that performed for visitors Friday at the Capitol.

Oregon Christmas tree
Thousands will visit the Oregon Capitol during the holiday season. Photo by Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - An Oregon family tradition continues through December 23rd at the state Capitol.

Pringle Elementary choir

Kids of all ages are enjoying the month long annual holiday affair including choirs from schools throughout Oregon appearing in the Rotunda, where the acoustics are especially unique for the unforgettable performances.

Many decorated trees adorn the domed room, with a beautiful 27 foot Grand Fir tree the focal point upon entering the Capitol building. This year, the tree was provided by the Oregon State Forestry Department, cut from the South Fork forest camp near Tillamook.

A replica village of historic Salem surrounds the tree, with the A.C. Gilbert electric train making the rounds of the would-be city, and keeping viewers entranced between choirs.

The tree lighting took place December 1st, and students from Keizer Elementary kicked off the holiday musical performances at the event. Masters of ceremonies were Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, only slightly upstaged by the man in red. Santa Claus helped light the tree and many took advantage of the opportunity to take free pictures with old Saint Nick.

Oregon's Capitol is a modern Greek structure with a grand Rotunda entrance, and highlighted by four types of marble and incredible Depression Era art.

Performing in the Rotunda is the pinnacle of the school year for many students, and a memory that will literally last a lifetime.

Please see the video (below) to enjoy four selections performed by the Pringle Elementary School in Salem, directed by Rachel Babbs. The free concerts in the Capitol continue through December 23rd. Oregon State Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301; Building Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30AM – 5:00PM.

For the choir schedule, click here:


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Ralphie December 14, 2015 10:36 am (Pacific time)

Too typical. Tell us about such a delightful event, but screw up the schedule so no one can find out when it happens....

 EDITOR: This article refers to an event from 2010. Please  look for schedule for current year. 

jenny December 12, 2010 9:43 pm (Pacific time)

address does not work for schedule of singing at the capitol thru 21st, what is the schedulte please?

EDITOR: the address for the schedule is: Have fun at the Capitol! 

Luke Easter December 12, 2010 7:32 pm (Pacific time)

I saw Miley Cyrus on the news Friday taking a, "hit" from a bong pipe. Now I see the Pringle Elementary Choir in this clip. Yea! The whole isn't going to pot after all.

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