Ohio Statehouse set to hold holiday festival and tree lighting today

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Statehouse will kick off December with its annual holiday festival and tree lighting later this evening.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the statehouse will come alive as local choirs and dancers from OhioDance, and Drake Dance Academy fill the air with cheer.

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At the start of the event, Gov. Mike DeWine will light the Christmas tree and welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the capital, according to a press release from officials.

The press release went on to say there will be cookies and a range of arts and crafts.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s K-9 unit is expected to drop by to demonstrate its skills.

This family-friendly event is free to the public and will also be live-streamed on OhioChannel.org.