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The breathtaking Tree of Light and 7 more reasons to visit Carillon Park this holiday season

One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks will transform once again into the stunning Tree of Light for the holiday season.

The 151-foot Deeds Carillon will be all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs strung from above the top of the bell tower down to the ground. This is the third year for the Tree of Light.

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The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Staff Writer)

“A Carillon Christmas” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Ty Greenlees)

In addition to the Tree of Light, here are seven reasons to go:  

1) Letters to Santa: You can help your little ones write a letter to Santa at Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s first post office. Then it will be sent to the North Pole.

2) Yummy treats: Bakers in period costumes will be selling yummy homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cider and fresh chestnuts from a hearth oven in the Morris House. Soft pretzels, peppermint swirls, hot dogs, hard cider and beer will be available at Culp’s Christmas Cafe. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available in the Transportation Center. Full-service dinner and house-made brews will be available at Carillon Brewing Co. 

3) Photos with Santa: Have fun taking a complimentary photo with Santa from 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 

4) Carillon Card Company: Make your own holiday greeting cards on a printing press from the 1930s. 

5) Midnight Express. Take the kiddie train for a ride to the North Pole and back for $1. 

6) Scavenger hunt: Be part of an adventure for $2.50. 

7) Victorian carolers: Singers will be walking around and singing our favorite Christmas carols to get you in the holiday spirit.

>> PHOTOS: Carillon Tree of Light

Want to go? 

WHAT: A Carillon Christmas 

WHERE Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. 

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

ADMISSION: $5 for children, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults; free for Dayton History members and children under 3.

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