Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting 2013

holidays at the Ohio StatehouseThe Ohio Statehouse Holiday festival will take place Tuesday, December 3, 2013 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.

Scheduled activities include:

Ongoing Activity Stations:

  • Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, Ohio Ornament
  • Highlights Magazine Activity Table
  • Office of the Treasurer Activity Table
  • Office of the Secretary of State, Vote for your Favorite Holiday Tradition
  • Office of the State Auditor, Reindeer Hats
  • Office of the Attorney General Activity Table
  • American Red Cross, Writing Letters to Soldiers
  • COSI, Fun with Physics
  • Make Snowman Treats
  • CAMA, Face Painting
  • Make a Hand Print Wreath
  • Ohio Paper Folders, Holiday Origami Station
  • Writing Letters to Santa
  • Play Pin the Nose on Rudolf
  • Play Santa Says
  • Holiday Bookmark

Performances on the Museum Gallery Stage:

  • Kristina D’Onofrio and Brandon Whited performing Sugar Plum pas de deaux
  • Highway Patrol Bomb Dog demonstration
  • Pickerington High School Chamber Orchestra

Choir Line Up:

  • The Alliance of Greater Central Ohio
  • Con Brio Children’s Choir
  • Mad River Dulcimer Society
  • Worthington Chorus


  • Holiday Cardinal
  • Clara and the Nutcracker- BalletMet Columbus
  • Lou Seal- Columbus Clippers
  • Krash- Columbus Clippers
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Parking is available during the event in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage with rates available at www.ohiostatehouse.org.

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