State Christmas Tree

In 2004, the Columbia Garden Club began a partnership with BellSouth (now AT&T), to purchase and decorate the State Christmas tree.

The Norwegian Spruce was first considered the best choice in shape and branch strength and was obtained from neighboring North Carolina.  However, after realizing that the strength of the Spruce was insufficient, a 35+ foot White Fir was selected as a better choice to support the over 10,000 Christmas lights and 900 ornaments.

The selection of the tree begins in July, with the State Forestry Commission, The State Budget and Control Board, South Carolina Electric and Gas and Bruce Vollnogle of Timbertech providing expertise and staff to assist club members in the selection, watering, decorating and erecting of the State Christmas tree.  In 2009, the Garden Club of SC also joined forces with The Columbia Garden Club.

Thousands of South Carolina residents and guests attend the tree lighting ceremony in wonder and delight to see the magnificent State Christmas tree.

The enormous commitment from all parties involved is a gift of love to the people of the State of South Carolina.