Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and anchor Kate Bartley lead countdown to Carillon Tree of Light Illumination

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Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and anchor Kate Bartley help light Carillon tree

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UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Carillon Tree of Light dazzles the evening sky.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and WHIO-TV anchor and reporter Kate Bartley led the countdown to the illumination as the event’s emcees.

The tree will light the Dayton skyline from dusk through dawn all December.

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A time-lapse of the Tree of Light lighting at Carillon Park in Dayton.

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FIRST REPORT

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and WHIO-TV anchor and reporter Kate Bartley emcee and assist with tonight’s Carillon Tree of Light event.

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The event, in its third year, turns on the lights of Ohio’s tallest tree of light for the season.

The lighting begins at 6:15 p.m. for the Carillon Tree of Light illumination.

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The light display, which will dazzle the Dayton skyline, kicks off a month of holiday festivities at Carillon Historical Park.

The Carillon Tree of Light stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community.

The tree of more than 20,000 lightbulbs on nearly 100 strands will be visible from dusk until dawn for the entire month of December.

The Tree of Light was made possible with the support of Connie and John Taylor.

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Zontini said this evening looks dry for the tree lighting. Temperatures will fall through the 40s but it won't be breezy. Clouds slowly increase through the night.

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