Holidays kick off on Fountain Square

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Cincinnati.

'Light Up The Square' takes place Friday, Nov. 28 with the official tree lighting ceremony to take place at 7 p.m.

This year's tree came from northern Ohio and will have 20,000 white lights and an illuminated, five-foot-tall red star. It's the largest tree ever on the square, measuring 60 feet tall.

Fireworks will follow the tree-lighting, and there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus. Santa is also available on the first floor of Macy's until 8 p.m.

The Fountain Square ice-skating rink is also now open. Cost is $2.50 for admission and $2.50 for skate rental. Click here for hours and more information.

Because of the large expected crowd, the following street closures will be in place from 4 to 9 p.m.: 5th Street between Race and Walnut and Vine Street between 4th and 6th streets. The Fountain Square Garage will be open and may be accessed from Vine Street or Walnut Street. The cost is $4.

Admission to the actual 'Light Up The Square' festivities is free.