Annual tree lighting on tap Dec. 7

The Ohio Statehouse soon will be festooned for the holidays, and there’s a celebration to mark the occasion.

The free annual Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square in Downtown Columbus. The event will include a visit by Santa Claus, appearances by historic characters and modern dignitaries, carolers, community mascots and refreshments.

The program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. For more information, go to