Fountain Square tree lighting kicks off holiday season downtown

The 45ft. tree features a brand new 14-point star.
The Christmas Tree at Fountain Square Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2020.
The Christmas Tree at Fountain Square Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2020.(Cara Owsley/The Enquirer)
Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 4:47 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2022 at 7:55 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A huge crowd descended on Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati Friday night to get the holiday season started with the official lighting of the Fountain Square Christmas Tree.

The ProLink Staffing Light Up the Square, presented by Macy’s, kicked off at 6 p.m. with live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

The tree lighting concluded with a dazzling fireworks show.

The 45ft. Conolor-Fir tree features a brand new 5ft.-tall custom 14-point star designed and fabricated locally by Iron Belle Metal Design. The star will be lit for the first time during the event Friday.

Attendees took in the tree-lighting while skating on the Fountain Square ice rink.

A full-service concessions tent offered hot and cold snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as hot chocolate.

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“Fountain Square is a special place any day of the year, but during the holiday season, there’s an elevated feeling of joy and wonderment,” Christy Samad, senior vice president of event management for 3CDC, said. “As the heart of Downtown Cincinnati, the Square is a place where memories are made, and we’re grateful for the privilege of programing holiday events that have become family traditions for so many.”

Holiday events continue on Fountain Square all season long:

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