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Holiday Magic to Arrive in Bicentennial Park

Columbus, OH - 11/18/2016

Holiday lights will illuminate the Scioto Mile beginning Friday, December 2 during the Grand Illumination presented by Justice.
Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will decorate Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile Promenade in all seasonal decorations featuring more than 250,000 energy efficient LED lights on 150 trees. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation will come alive for the holiday season with festive video projections and illuminated spheres suspended from each of the five fountain halos. The lights will twinkle in Bicentennial Park and along the Scioto Mile through January 8, 2017.
The holiday season on the Scioto Mile will kick off with a festive celebration including:
Traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir and a spirited performance by the SupaFun Band. 
Appearances by the Holiday Juggling Elves, The Amazing Giants, Masha & the Bear and Clara with her Nutcracker Prince from BalletMet’s annual holiday production.  
Hands-on crafts and activities in the North Pole Tinkershop to create holiday crafts with Franklin Park Conservatory, McKnight Outdoor Education Center, OSU Urban Arts Space, the Recreation & Parks Arts Committee and Bring the Farm to You. 
Giveaways from Justice, HERO USA, Mad River Mountain and more.
Visits with Santa!
In the spirit of giving, attendees are encouraged to help brighten the holidays for a hospitalized child. Nationwide Children’s Hospital will treat more than 10,000 children during the month of December. Join Justice and Nationwide Children’s in sending a holiday get well message to every child. Visit for more information or to send an e-card now. In addition, Justice will distribute 4,500 pairs of HoloSpex snowflake glasses during Grand Illumination!
Attendees can also support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receiving a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229 or a bowl of tomato Florentine soup compliments of Giant Eagle.  Cookies, compliments of Cheryl’s, and hot chocolate will also be available.  All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Calendar information:
Grand Illumination presented by Justice
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Lights will twinkle nightly on the Scioto Mile beginning at dusk on December 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017.
The Grand Illumination presented by Justice is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: 
Justice, The Scioto Mile Endowment Fund, ABC 6/FOX 28, Sunny 95 (94.7FM).
Special thanks to our partners: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, EatPlayCbus, 
Milestone 229, Giant Eagle and Cheryl’s Cookies.
About Justice 
Justice, a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-ASNA), is the largest tween lifestyle specialty retailer in the world. Known as the premier destination for fashion-aware tweens, Justice provides the hottest fashion merchandise and accessories for tween girls, ages 7–14. Justice celebrates tween girls through an extraordinary experience of fashion and fun in an everything-for-her destination. Today, Justice operates over 950 stores throughout the United States and Canada, along with an international presence in Asia, Mexico, Latin America, and the Middle East. Visit for store information and to shop online.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at
Tiffany Dixon, (614) 645-3033,

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