The Grande Illumination Dayton Holiday Festival traditional tree lighting will be a half-hour television special this year.
DAYTON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL TRADITIONS REIMAGINED WITH A TELEVISED TREE LIGHTING
In its 48th year, the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, will return to celebrate the holiday season with some necessary changes to keep our community safe.
The Dayton Holiday Festival will not gather guests in downtown Dayton for a tree lighting and traditional parade this year. Instead, it will kick off with a televised Grande Illumination on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. on WHIO-TV Channel 7.
Instead of gathering in a large crowd, the Dayton Holiday Festival Committee hopes to continue Dayton traditions in a way friends and families can safely celebrate together, while keeping the health and safety of the community in mind.
(Watch on TV – not in person)
Mark your calendars to tune in to the tradition of lighting the larger-than-life holiday tree on Courthouse Square during a special 30-minute broadcast that will air on WHIO-TV Channel 7 beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. The partnership with WHIO will showcase musical entertainment from some of the area’s top performers, a look into area holiday traditions, and several surprises.
We’re disappointed, but with the health and safety of our community in mind, the Downtown Dayton Partnership and other organizers of Dayton Holiday Festival activities have decided that the Dayton Drive-Thru Children’s Parade in Lights will not take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, as previously scheduled.
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