Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

2020 Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
December 3, 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


This year, for the health and safety of participants and staff, the Ohio Statehouse Tree Lighting took place online.

Tune in to the Ohio Statehouse’s online Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony. This online event is free, open to all ages, and includes music and dance performances, as well as video greetings from historic sites in Ohio. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all in-person events have been cancelled. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted made video appearances, with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus lighting the tree.

The livestream was recorded live at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 2020 by the Ohio Channel. The entire video is accessible at:

Watch online for 18 minutes of Ohio holiday celebrations. Thank you to our participants and sponsors in 2020.

The Ohio Channel

Capitol Square Foundation

Historic Sites:


Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio

The Sutliff Museum in Warren, Ohio

Guernsey County Courthouse in Cambridge, Ohio

Licking County Courthouse in Newark, Ohio

Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio

Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio




OhioDance presents North Pointe Ballet in North Ridgeville, Ohio, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky




JG Company from John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio:  “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”

Warren High School Handbell Choir in Vincent, Ohio:  “Sing We Now of Christmas”

Capriccio Columbus in Columbus, Ohio:  “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” (recorded in 2019)