Search continues for Christmas tree for Dayton Holiday Festival

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Christmas is just four months away, but the search is already underway for the City of Dayton’s holiday centerpiece.

The Dayton Holiday Festival committee is searching for the tree that will sit in Courthouse Square this holiday season.

The selected tree will be decorated with more than 50,000 lights. It will be unveiled at the Grande Illumination ceremony on Friday, November 23:

Festival committee officials say the ideal tree should be 45-60 feet tall and at least 25 feet wide.

Colorado green spruce or blue spruce trees are preferred, but other types of evergreens will be considered.

The tree must be located on a nominee’s property in the front or side yard. Crews need clear access to the tree. It must be free from power lines or transit cables.

Miami Valley residents who would like to nominate their tree can call Emilee Langenkamp at the Downtown Dayton Partnership at (937) 224-1518, ext. 227, or email [email protected]

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.

For more information about Dayton Holiday Festival activities, call (937) 224-1518 or visit