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Dayton's Grande Illumination opens Holiday Season
DAYTON -- Lights, camera, Christmas! The holiday season officially kicked off in Dayton Friday night at Courthouse Square. Thousands of people gathered for the 41st annual Grande Illumination and Children's Parade. It's the official kickoff to the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, and it didn't disappoint.
"This is awesome, it's awesome. We're having a great time," said Bev Hutchinson of Huber Heights.
There was plenty of fun for the entire family, including a little Christmas shopping for the kids at the Tike's Gift Shoppe.
"It's been a family tradition since I was little even," said Caren Earick of Dayton. We're excited to be able to come out. It's free. It's good family time."
But all that was a prefix to the main event: the Grande Illumination. 50,000 lights adorn the city's Christmas tree.
"It puts me in the spirit of just being blessed and festive," said Misty Benjamin of Dayton.
"It's just nice to know that you have another year to see Christmas again," agreed her 11 year old son, Jordan.
Of course the kickoff to Dayton's Christmas wouldn't be complete without the colorful Children's Parade. Families lined the streets of downtown, waiting for Santa.
The Dayton Holiday Festival continues up until Christmas. ABC 22/FOX 45 is a proud sponsor of the Tike's Gift Shoppe. For a complete list of all the events and times click on News Links.
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