Dayton Holiday Festival

Search Is on for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square During Annual Dayton Holiday Festival

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

For more information, contact:

Emilee Langenkamp (ext. 227) or Courtney Deutsch (ext. 231)

(937) 224-1518

DAYTON, Ohio (August 16, 2018) ― The Dayton Holiday Festival committee is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season. The selected tree will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights and be unveiled at the Grande Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23. Guidelines are:

  • The ideal tree is approximately 45 to 60 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
  • Colorado green spruce or blue spruce trees are preferred, but other types of evergreens will be considered if they are grand and stately.
  • The tree must be located on nominee’s property in the front or side yard with clear access to the tree, free from power lines or transit cables.

Miami Valley residents who believe they have the perfect tree can nominate it by calling Emilee Langenkamp at the Downtown Dayton Partnership at (937) 224-1518, ext. 227, or email The winning tree will be selected by a search crew at the end of October. PSC Crane and Rigging will transport the tree to Courthouse Square at no expense to the owners, who will have the opportunity to be part of the official tree-lighting ceremony.

The 2018 Dayton Holiday Festival and Grande Illumination are presented by DP&L. The ceremony is scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 23 — the day after Thanksgiving — with activities taking place through the end of December. Maps, program information, additional sponsors, schedule of events and other details about the event are forthcoming. For more information about Dayton Holiday Festival activities, call (937) 224-1518 or visit


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