It’s that time of the year again. Bring your family, friends and some holiday cheer to celebrate the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting.

This year’s celebration will take place Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-7:30 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 Central Ohio. The Tree Lighting ceremony in the Statehouse Atrium consists of a brief program. Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus and will light the historically decorated Ohio Statehouse holiday tree.
 
The Holiday Festival will continue with complimentary cookies, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances by local choirs and dancers from OhioDance and Drake Dance Academy. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will demonstrate the K-9 unit. There will also be a free photo station available to capture your family’s moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
 
Refreshments are courtesy of The Berwick, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, Freedom a la Cart, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine Catering & Special Events, Milo's Catering and Banquet Services, and Together & Company. 
 
Come and join us for this magical night at the Ohio Statehouse to start your holiday season. Convenient and affordable parking is available during the event in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage. Parking rates are available at http://bit.ly/1PE8g3k.