Holiday Tree Headed for Courthouse Square Today

WHAT: The Dayton Holiday Festival’s tree selection committee, headed by the City of Dayton, has chosen a tree to be lit on Montgomery County’s Courthouse Square during the traditional Grande Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 27. The tree is scheduled to be cut down and moved to Courthouse Square on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

WHEN: This Tuesday, Nov. 10, beginning at approximately 9 a.m.

(arrival at Courthouse Square estimated between 10:45-11 a.m.)

WHERE: The tree currently is located at the residence of Pete Arnold from Tipp City. It will be moved to Courthouse Square, located at the northwest corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Dayton.

WHO: The City of Dayton is supplying personnel and equipment to cut the tree. PSC Crane & Rigging is donating the use of their crane and equipment to transport the tree to Courthouse Square.

WHY: Every year, people from throughout the Miami Valley nominate their trees for the starring role in the Grande Illumination ceremony. The Grande Illumination will take place 4-9 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 27), and the tree lighting ceremony will take place on Courthouse Square at 7:45 p.m. The Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights will immediately follow the tree lighting.

The month-long Dayton Holiday Festival is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund. Sponsors include DP&L, Miami Valley Hospital, Time Warner Cable Media, CareSource, Fifth Third Bank, Hollywood Gaming – Dayton Raceway, Downtown Priority Board, Big 106.5, B94.5 Hot Country, DP&L & ABC22/FOX45, and Channel 99.9.

For more information on the activities that are part of the Dayton Holiday Festival, which this year is marking 43 years of kicking off the holiday season in the Dayton region, call (937) 224-1518 or visit

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