COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Tree lighting ceremonies to illuminate holiday spirit across Miami Valley

Crowds gathered for the Grande Illumination of the Christmas tree in November 2016, during the city of Dayton's Holiday Festival on Courthouse Square downtown.
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Crowds gathered for the Grande Illumination of the Christmas tree in November 2016, during the city of Dayton's Holiday Festival on Courthouse Square downtown.

Credit: Jim Noelker / Staff

Credit: Jim Noelker / Staff

In the next few weeks, one of Dayton’s most beloved holiday traditions will be taking place throughout the Miami Valley — holiday tree lightings!

Across the Miami Valley, holiday trees large and small will be decorated with twinkle lights and ornaments while communities gather to ring in the official beginning of the holiday season.

Here’s a collection of holiday tree lighting ceremonies taking place around the Miami Valley from Troy to Lebanon.

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🎄Dayton Holiday Festival’s Grande Illumination

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Downtown Dayton’s Grande Illumination on Courthouse Square, part of the 49th annual Dayton Holiday Festival. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Downtown Dayton’s Grande Illumination on Courthouse Square, part of the 49th annual Dayton Holiday Festival. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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Downtown Dayton’s Grande Illumination on Courthouse Square, part of the 49th annual Dayton Holiday Festival. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Where: Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (tree lighting at 7:55 p.m.)

When: Friday, Nov. 26. Tree lighting at 7:55 p.m. and Dayton Holiday Festival to take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More information: Website

Thousands of lights encompassing Dayton’s three-story-tall tree will be switched on at downtown Dayton’s Grande Illumination on Friday, Nov. 26. The Grande Illumination is a part of the Dayton Holiday Festival, which will take place in downtown Dayton from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the same day.

The tree lighting ceremony will be followed by the annual Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights, a nighttime parade for children that features more than 100,000 sparkling lights., decorative seasonal floats, horses, drill teams and bands and special holiday treats.

🎄Mayor Patterson’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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Kettering Mayor Don Patterson's Christmas tree lighting at Lincoln Park Civic Commons. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Kettering Mayor Don Patterson's Christmas tree lighting at Lincoln Park Civic Commons. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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Kettering Mayor Don Patterson's Christmas tree lighting at Lincoln Park Civic Commons. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Where: Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 675 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: Friday, Dec. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Website

This year, guests can join Kettering Mayor Don Patterson as he lights the city’s holiday tree at Lincoln Park Civic Commons. Other elements of the event, such as appearances by the Kettering City Choir, hot chocolate, cookies and horse-drawn carriage rides, will only add to the holiday ambiance.

The Santa Paws event also returns this year, which encourages guests to bring their pups to the Mayor’s Tree Lighting to take photos with special props and backgrounds.

Need another incentive to attend Kettering’s tree lighting? This will be the last year Mayor Patterson lights the holiday tree at Lincoln Park.

🎄Troy Tree Lighting

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Troy’s Holiday Tree Lighting took place on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Public Square. Santa made his entrance via a fire truck's cherry picker. The Miami County Courthouse and levee lights were also turned at the same time as the holiday tree. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Troy’s Holiday Tree Lighting took place on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Public Square. Santa made his entrance via a fire truck's cherry picker. The Miami County Courthouse and levee lights were also turned at the same time as the holiday tree. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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Troy’s Holiday Tree Lighting took place on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Public Square. Santa made his entrance via a fire truck's cherry picker. The Miami County Courthouse and levee lights were also turned at the same time as the holiday tree. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Where: Prouty Plaza, 1 W. Main St., Troy

When: Friday, Nov. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Facebook

The city of Troy is inviting residents to downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza on Friday, Nov. 26 to witness the lighting of Troy’s holiday tree and levee.

More details about the event will be announced at a later date.

🎄Lebanon Holiday Illumination

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Lebanon's holiday tree lighting in 2009.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Lebanon's holiday tree lighting in 2009.
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Lebanon's holiday tree lighting in 2009.

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Credit: Apryl Pilolli

Where: Christmas Tree Park in downtown Lebanon, at the corner of Broadway and Main St.

When: Friday, Nov. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Website

This year, Mayor Amy Brewer will be lighting Lebanon’s holiday tree at 6 p.m. in Christmas Tree Park, followed by a visit with Santa Claus in Gazebo Park, located next to the Golden Lamb, until 8 p.m.

🎄Downtown Tipp City Community Tree Lighting

Where: Zion Lutheran Church, on the corner of N. 3rd St. and Main St., Tipp City

When: Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Facebook

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership will host Tipp City’s annual tree lighting event. Performances by local musicians, delicious treats and visits with Santa Claus will also be present at the event. A timeline of events will be announced at a later date.

🎄Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival Parade at The Greene

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The annual Christmas tree lighting at The Greene Town Square. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The annual Christmas tree lighting at The Greene Town Square. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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The annual Christmas tree lighting at The Greene Town Square. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Where: The Greene Town Square in Beavercreek

When: Friday, Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More info: Facebook

The Greene will host its own holiday tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 12. The 50-foot tree will be illuminated at approximately 6:30 p.m., though festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with live music from Anthony Mossberg, the Santa Arrival Parade and more prior to the tree lighting.

🎄Austin Landing’s Christmas Tree Lighting presented by Kettering Health

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Austin Landing's holiday tree lighting ceremony. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Austin Landing's holiday tree lighting ceremony. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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Austin Landing's holiday tree lighting ceremony. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Where: Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Dr., Dayton

When: Saturday, Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Website

This year, Austin Landing’s Christmas Tree Lighting will feature holiday activities such as a parade, including lit-up Jeeps from Dayton Jeepin’ Club, in addition to food trucks, a beer garden and kids’ activities. The night will end with a fireworks display.

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🎄Centerville Tree Lighting

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Aiden Brown, 3yrs old, looks over the Christmas tree, in Benham's Grove, with his grandmother, Kelley Brown. They were attending the official Centerville tree lighting in the park.

Credit: Ron Alvey

Aiden Brown, 3yrs old, looks over the Christmas tree, in Benham's Grove, with his grandmother, Kelley Brown. They were attending the official Centerville tree lighting in the park.
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Aiden Brown, 3yrs old, looks over the Christmas tree, in Benham's Grove, with his grandmother, Kelley Brown. They were attending the official Centerville tree lighting in the park.

Credit: Ron Alvey

Credit: Ron Alvey

Where: Benham’s Grove, 166 N. Main St., Centerville

When: Sunday, Nov. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

More info: Facebook

After Centerville’s popular Hometown Holiday Walk, guests are encouraged to go to Benham’s Grove to see the lighting of the city’s holiday tree at 5 p.m. This year, representatives from Ohio Magazine will present Mayor Brooks Compton with an award due to Centerville being named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns.

Along with the tree lighting, visitors can enjoy a performance of “The Nutcracker” from Miami Valley Dance Academy and festive holiday tunes from the Centerville Community Band and Centerville Jazz Band.

Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available while the kids visit Santa Claus.

🎄Hometown Holiday Festival, Parade and Tree Lighting in Fairborn

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Kent Haller of the Fairborn Plant Maintenance Department decorates the holiday Christmas tree on Central Ave. STAFF PHOTO BY BILL REINKE.

Credit: Bill Reinke

Kent Haller of the Fairborn Plant Maintenance Department decorates the holiday Christmas tree on Central Ave. STAFF PHOTO BY BILL REINKE.
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Kent Haller of the Fairborn Plant Maintenance Department decorates the holiday Christmas tree on Central Ave. STAFF PHOTO BY BILL REINKE.

Credit: Bill Reinke

Credit: Bill Reinke

Where: Central Ave., in front of the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce building in Fairborn

When: Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: Website

After the popular Fairborn Hometown Holiday Parade, the tree lighting ceremony will take place on Central Ave. in downtown Fairborn at a time yet to be announced. Santa Claus will be available for visits after the tree lighting. The Fairborn Civic Band will provide holiday music during the parade, festival and tree lighting ceremony.

🎄Miamisburg Tree Lighting Ceremony

Where: Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More info: www.playmiamisburg.com

Mayor Michelle Collins will be lighting Miamisburg’s holiday tree at Riverfront Park. The tree lighting will take place after the city’s holiday parade, which begins at 4 p.m. and travels down Main Street. Guests to the tree lighting can also stop by the Elves Workshop, visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus or watch the Holiday Showcase at The Baum Opera House and Market Square.

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🎄Vandalia Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The first ever holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Vandalia Recreation Center, back in 2008.

Credit: Peter Wine/ MediaMoments.com

The first ever holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Vandalia Recreation Center, back in 2008.
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The first ever holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Vandalia Recreation Center, back in 2008.

Credit: Peter Wine/ MediaMoments.com

Credit: Peter Wine/ MediaMoments.com

Where: Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Rd., Dayton

When: Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

More info: Website

The city of Vandalia will hold its annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Vandalia Recreation Center. The tree lighting ceremony will take place at the Vandalia Sports Complex at 6 p.m. Guests will also be able to enjoy refreshments, music and visits with Santa Claus.

The Holiday Market will also be up and running from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside of the Vandalia Recreation Center Gymnasium.

🎄Lighting Up Oakwood

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Lighting up Oakwood, Holiday of Lights

Credit: Teesha McClam

Lighting up Oakwood, Holiday of Lights
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Lighting up Oakwood, Holiday of Lights

Credit: Teesha McClam

Credit: Teesha McClam

Where: Shafor Park, located on Shafor Boulevard and Patterson Road in Oakwood

When: Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

More info: Website

Beginning at 6 p.m., lit luminaries will line the boulevards on Far Hills Avenue, Shafor Boulevard and other prominent buildings in Oakwood. At 6:30 p.m., the illumination of the city’s holiday tree will take place at Shafor Park, along with live entertainment, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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