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COLUMBUS, OHIO – It’s that time of the year again to grab your entire family, your friends and bring some holiday cheer to celebrate the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. This year’s celebration will take place Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public!


The festival marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square and throughout all of central Ohio. The indoor ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Atrium and consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting of our historically decorated holiday tree. The festivities will then continue with refreshments, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances by local bands and choirs. There will also be a free photo station available to capture your families’ moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.


Refreshments are courtesy of Starbucks on Capitol Square, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council and the eight exclusive caterers of the Ohio Statehouse. 


Ongoing Activity Stations:

Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board: Ohio Ornament

Office of the Treasurer Activity Table: Hand Print Wreaths

Office of the Secretary of State Activity Table: Vote for your Favorite Holiday Tradition

Office of the State Auditor Activity Table:  Reindeer Hats

Office of the Attorney General Activity Table: Kids Zone Make your own I.D. Card

Girl Scouts of Heartland Council Activity Table: Make Snow & Gum Drop Towers

Ohio Senate Activity Table: Holiday Bookmark

Highlights Magazine Activity Table: Hidden Pictures 

American Red Cross: Writing Letters to Soldiers

CAMA Activity Table: Face Painting

Ohio Paper Folders Activity Table: Holiday Origami Station

 KSU Columbus Program Activity Table: Writing Letters to Santa

Play Pin the Nose on Rudolf

Make Snowman Treats

Tic Tac Throw

Play Santa Says


Performances on the Museum Gallery Stage:

Ballet by Kristina D’Onofrio and OSU Dance Team

Highway Patrol Bomb Dog demonstration

Pickerington High School Chamber Orchestra


Choir Line Up:

The Alliance of Greater Central Ohio

Little Miami Select Women’s Chorale

Mad River Dulcimer Society

All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

Annehurst Elementary Choir

FCI Academy Kindergarten Village



Holiday Cardinal

Clara and the Nutcracker- BalletMet Columbus

Salvation Army Bell Ringers



BC Rooster

Clawdette Cougar


Come and join us for this magical night at the Ohio Statehouse to start off your holiday season! Convenient and affordable parking is available during the event in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage.  Parking rates are available at


Holiday press images are available at:


To view this press release and others, visit


The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in and visit the complex.  The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government.


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Calendar Listing:

The Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse; 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus



Join us at the Ohio Statehouse for our family friendly Capitol Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. This indoor event is free and open to the public with affordable parking available. Come and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, watch the magnificent lighting of our holiday tree, enjoy some refreshments, participate in festive arts and crafts activities, and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands and choirs.


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