Who knew that flipping a switch could make so many people happy?
That’s what happened Wednesday night at Carillon Historical Park.
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Once again the Deeds Carillon was transformed into the Tree of Light, all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs.
It was a sweet celebration and return of light. Last year was the Tree of Light’s debut, and unfortunately a strong mid-December windstorm severely damaged the display and it had to be taken down.
“We’re bummed, but we will be back next year with the Tree of Light along with additional holiday activities here at Carillon Park,” president and CEO of Dayton History Brady Kress said at the time.
Kress kept his word. Along with the Tree of Light are lots of family-friendly activities for the month-long event called “A Carillon Christmas.”
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“This has been the talk of the town,” Kress said shortly before this year’s lighting ceremony. “It’s exciting to get it back and light it again, and have the community so excited about it.”
The display is reinforced with four additional mooring points and the staff at the top of the 151-foot-tall carillon is no longer one structure but four.
An hour before the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, rain moved in, but the clouds broke in time for spectators to enjoy a rainbow and colorful sky.
When the lights came on, I heard people around me gasped in awe at the stunning sight. The display will come on each evening at dusk and go off at dawn through Dec. 30.