Austin Landing holiday tree-lighting ceremony goes virtual; in-person events canceled

Here's who we spotted getting into the holiday spirit early at Austin Landing's holiday tree lighting, which included special guests Santa Claus and the Budweiser Clydesdales on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED
Here's who we spotted getting into the holiday spirit early at Austin Landing's holiday tree lighting, which included special guests Santa Claus and the Budweiser Clydesdales on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

One of the most popular holiday tree-lighting events in the Miami Valley, the ceremonial illumination at Austin Landing in Miami Twp., will go virtual Saturday, Nov. 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers had hoped Austin Landing could host its traditional day-long Holidays in the Park event, but the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Ohio and recommendations regarding gatherings sabotaged those plans.

“Due to the recent changes in the state mandates, we have decided to cancel the in-person event and activities on Saturday, Nov. 14,” Austin Landing officials said on the center’s Facebook page. “Please join us virtually on Facebook, starting at 6 p.m.”

The event had been scheduled to include live music, live dance performances, food trucks, a craft table, train rides, mini-golf and a beer area. Those components have been called off.

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But the tree-lighting itself is still on. The tree will be lit by Miami Twp. Chief of Police Charles Stiegelmeyer.

For more information or to watch the virtual event, go to www.facebook.com/austinlanding.

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