Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting 2021

Tree Lighting 2019
December 2, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


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The holiday season opens in Ohio with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Attend the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting to kick off the 2021 holiday season.  Historical characters and modern dignitaries will be on hand to greet guests, including Santa himself. 


Enjoy complimentary cookies, music, activity tables, dance performances, and a demonstration by the K-9 patrol.  Get your photo taken with Santa Claus in front of the Ohio Statehouse holiday tree.  


5:00-5:30 p.m.  Prelude music by Columbus Children's Choir in the Atrium

5:30-5:45 p.m.  Tree Lighting with Governor DeWine in the Atrium  

5:45-7:30 p.m.  Holiday Festival at the Ohio Statehouse


                          Complimentary Cookies 

                          Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus 

                          Performances by OhioDance and ballet by Drake Dance Academy 

                          Mascots from Columbus Clippers, Salvation Army, Chick-fil-A, Mr. Peanut

                                       and Smokey Bear

                          Performances in the Atrium:  Ohio State Highway Patrol K-9 demonstration, 

                                       JG Company of John Glenn High School, All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, 

                                       Pickerington High School Chamber Strings

                         Activity Tables by Ohio Treasurer of State, Ohio-Find It Here, Ohio Dept. 

                                       of Natural Resources, Pageant Winners, Ohio Statehouse Museum

                                       Education Center, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A and YPN of the

                                       Columbus Board of Realtors


This program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.