Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Tree Lighting
December 4, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


‘Tis the season at the Ohio Statehouse, as our annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting is here to kick off the holidays. Historical characters and modern dignitaries will be present to spread the holiday cheer, including Santa Claus. 



Enjoy complimentary cookies, music, activity tables, dance performances and demonstrations. You can even get your photo taken in front of the Ohio Statehouse holiday tree with the jolly man himself.


5:30-5:45 p.m. Tree Lighting in the Atrium

5:45-7:30 p.m. Holiday Festival at the Ohio Statehouse

  • Complimentary Cookies
  • Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Performances by OhioDance
  • Mascots
  • Performances in the Atrium
  • Activity Tables


This program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.


Thank You to all the perticipants in 2023:


Adam Rini

All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

Angela Glick

Battery A, 1st Ohio Light Artillery

Burton Ballet Company’s Hip Hop Dance Crew

Butters D. Cow

Capitol Square Foundation

Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board

Charles Moses

Chick-fil-A Cow

Columbus Children's Choir

Columbus Clippers Louseal and Krash

Columbus Crew Cat and S.C.

Creative Cuisine Catering

Drake Dance Academy

Emelio's Catering

Emmett Collins

Feed your Soul Catering


Fort Hayes High School Dance Ensemble

Freedom a la Carte Catering


Generations Performing Arts Center     

Governor and First Lady DeWine

John Glenn High School

Karen Sheffer


L.A. Catering

Mascot Organization

MCL Catering

Metro Cuisine Catering  

Mike and Nancy Smith

Milo’s Catering

Milo's Catering

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber

Ohio Channel

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio House of Representatives

Ohio Paper Folders

Ohio Queens

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Ohio Senate

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague


Pete Finck

Pickerington North String Band

Princess of America

Pruzinsky Family

Rankin Holland Irish Dance Academy

Rhonda Shappert

Ryan K. Johnson

Smokey Bear

Statehouse Museum Shop      

Statehouse Volunteer Corps.

Steven's Catering

The ML Dance Academy  

Together & Company Catering


Wegman Family