Details announced for Joyful Night celebration at state Capitol in Charleston

A group performs at the Joyful Night celebration in this file photo. This year's celebration is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston. (WCHS/WVAH)

Performances from West Virginia high school bands, the lighting of the state Christmas tree and a tribute to the military and first responders will be among the highlights for the Joyful Night celebration at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The program will begin 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Lincoln Plaza of the Capitol with performances by bands, and at 6 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice will light the state Christmas tree, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The concert performances will feature the Cabell Midland High School Marching Knights, Spring Valley High School Marching Timberwolves and Appalachian Children’s Choir.

“Cathy and I welcome all West Virginians to join us as we kick off the 2017 holiday season with this year’s Joyful Night celebration,” the governor said in the news release. “We will be celebrating family, friends and the close bonds we share in the Mountain State.”

As part of the festivities, there will be a special tribute to the state’s military men and women, veterans, Gold Star Families and first responders at 6:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room.

The tree lighting will be followed at by the introduction of the 2017 student ornament winners in the Capitol Rotunda, refreshments and entertainment in the Culture Center.

At 7:50 p.m., there also will be a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by the governor and first lady in the Governor’s Mansion.

The full schedule of the Joyful Night celebration can be viewed below:

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