Joyful Night Celebration Scheduled for Dec. 5 at the State Capitol Complex


CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice will welcome West Virginians to the annual Joyful Night celebration Tuesday, December 5 at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. As part of the evening’s festivities, the First Family encourages attendees to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign. There also will be a special tribute to West Virginia’s military men and women, veterans, Gold Star Families and first responders.

“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,” Gov. Justice said. “We will be celebrating family, friends and the close bonds we share in the Mountain State. We also will be paying special tribute to our state’s brave and dedicated service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our state and nation, those who are currently serving in the military, our first responders, and all of their family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone.”

The Joyful Night program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Plaza of the Capitol with performances from West Virginia school bands and at 6 p.m. Governor and First Lady Justice will light the state Christmas tree, donated this year by Walker and Rita Pauley, from Elkview.

The tree lighting ceremony will be followed by the introduction of the 2017 student ornament winners in the Capitol Rotunda, refreshments and entertainment in the Culture Center and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by the Governor and First Lady in the Governor’s Mansion.

For more information about the Joyful Night activities, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at (304) 558-0220.​

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