Capitol Holiday Music Program

Holiday Music Program Information

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Festive music & celebration began at our Capitol as early as December 1869, during its triumphant opening. The halls of the Capitol were festooned with flowers & two musical bands performed. Fourteen years later, amid much fanfare, D.O. Mill’s gift of the statue Columbus at the Court of Spain was officially presented to the State of California in a generous holiday gesture.

Past Governors of California established a tradition of celebrating the winter holiday season by adorning the Capitol with garlands and decorating the tress of their offices. The earliest photographs of this celebration show Governor James Rolph and his staff in 1931 standing beneath a large decorated tree. The tradition continued until 1983 when lighted trees were placed outside, near the west entrance due to fire safety concerns.

Since 1996 the California State Capitol Museum, in association with the California Legislature Joint Committee on Rules, Governor’s Office and the Department of General Services has worked to restore holiday traditions inside the Capitol. Early twentieth century floral arrangements, provided by the California State Capitol Museum Volunteers Association, create a lovely backdrop for holiday musical performances in the rotunda. In addition, the tree lighting ceremony on the West Steps brings the festivities outdoors for all to enjoy.

Directions & Parking

The center of California’s government is located in downtown Sacramento, close to several freeways and within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants. The streets in downtown Sacramento are numerical from west to east and alphabetical north to south. Street parking and parking garages are located throughout Sacramento. The Capitol reserves parking directly in front of the Capitol on 10th Street between L and N streets for bus use.

The physical address for the State Capitol is 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, California 95814.

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10th and L Streets

Metered parking is available on all sides of the Capitol building and surrounding areas. Detailed parking information and rates can be found at the City of Sacramento’s website.

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