Raleigh, NC -- Outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue is presided one more time over North Carolina's official Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Perdue and husband Bob Eaves were front and center Thursday evening, first by hanging wreaths on the doors of the old Capitol building in Raleigh.
The governor also helped read to children after the tree on the south side of Capitol Square was lit.
The ceremony is part of a free holiday festival that includes music, children's activities and food.
Perdue's four-year term as governor ends in early January.
The Associated Press