The stunning 200-feet-tall Carillon Tree of Light will illuminate the sky each evening, but this year there will not be a countdown event which drew large crowds to the initial tree-lighting.
“I’ve had more people than ever comment to me this year 'You’re going to put the tree up, aren’t you?’” Brady Kress, Dayton History president and CEO, said.
“What people are telling me is, it’s going to be a beacon of hope, and we’re tickled people love it so much.”
Each evening, the park will transform into a magical wonderland illuminated by 15 miles of twinkling lights. Holiday music will fill the air along with the aroma of hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts.
Plans call for Santa Claus and his sleigh to park next to a 1923 Maxwell automobile in the Dayton Auto Sales building this year. The new site allows for a safe flow of pedestrian traffic. Photos can still be taken with the jolly old elf while social-distancing, Dayton History officials said.
The magic of A Carillon Christmas will return, Kress said, and visitors will also enjoy a new Dayton historical experience at the event.
For more information, go to the organization’s web site, www.daytonhistory.org, or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/daytonhistory, or call 937-293-2841 and select option 0 to speak with a member of Carillon’s Guest Experience Team.