SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will join Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to host the 80th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday on the West Steps of the State Capitol.

The tree will be decorated with 900 hand-crafted ornaments created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers. It will be illuminated by 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.

The Governor will be joined by six-year-old Makayla Jones, of Visalia, who will assist him in lighting the Capitol Christmas tree.

Kitty O’Neal, of KFBK Radio, will emcee the ceremony, which will also feature performances by: California Army National Guard, 59th Army Band, The Brass Quintet, The Governor’s Own; Bel Tempo Ringers; Galena Street East; students from the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts; Woodland Opera House; St. Paul’s Baptist Church Choir and Kevin Wilson.

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: State Capitol, West Steps, Sacramento, California, 95814

**Note: This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Attendees are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to benefit the California Emergency Foodlink. This event will be webcast on the Governor’s website: .