A holiday tradition like no other
at Fountain Square

A holiday tradition like no other
at Fountain Square

The Centerpiece for Cincinnati Community Celebrations

Bedecked in lights and steeped in history, Cincinnati's holiday tree is back at Fountain Square this winter to serve as the centerpiece for the Queen City's holiday season celebrations!

For over 100 years, Fountain Square has played host Cincinnati's holiday tree. The first community tree, sponsored by Cincinnati Women's Club, arrived at Fountain Square in 1913 and just a few years later, the city of Cincinnati and eventually 3CDC assumed the responsibility and honor of placing the tree at Fountain Square each winter.

The decades-long tradition lives on today at Fountain Square. The holiday tree continues to bring Cincinnati locals and visitors alike together in the heart of Downtown to celebrate the history and vibrancy of our city and community throughout the holiday season and be apart of lasting memories for so many.

The 2023 Prolink Holiday Tree is a stunning, 55-foot Concolor-Fir from Mansfield, Ohio. The tree's beauty will be on full-display all season long but especially at Prolink's Light Up The Square event on November 24th when thousands will gather at Fountain Square to light the tree for the first time and symbolically kick off the holiday season in our city.

Teamwork makes the Holiday Tree Dream Work

Since the 2006 redevelopment of Fountain Square, 3CDC has partnered with companies from across Cincinnati and beyond to continue the beloved holiday tree tradition in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. While so many Fountain Square visitors delight in the tree's seemingly magic apperance overnight, the reality is that months of work and coordination take place every year for the holiday tree to appear in its place on the southwest corner of The Square.

The festive undertaking starts with Zuk's Tree Moving, whose skilled team scours Ohio in search of the perfect tree to act as the crown jewel in the Queen City's Holiday celebrations. Once selected, Zuk's carefully prepares and wraps the tree to make its journey to Cincinnati.

As the tree pulls into Cincinnati in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Capital City Group - a leading Ohio crane service - picks up the baton. With incredible skill and precision, the Capital City team hoists the massive tree into place on the tree stand.

This isn't your average tree stand. Fountain Square's holiday tree is one of the tallest, self-anchored trees in the county.  A feat only made possible by a dedicated team of professionals. Hilltop - a region leader in aggregates - builds concrete ballas to anchor the tree in place. The ballas is brought to Fountain Square by Quality Towing - a team with over 32 years of experience moving the heaviest equipment. The concrete is placed in a base designed and built by the precision team at Trade31 and finally the tree base is mulched by Cincinnati Parks.

With the tree safely in its stand, the team can start beautifying! Manlifts brought in by Skyworks surround the tree while the Zuk's crew fluffs every branch and the Vincent Lighting team strings over 25,000 dazzling LED lights. Finally, the team adds the final touch - a showstopping 14-point star!

Cincinnati is fortunate to have a wonderful group of sponsors so dedicated to bringing this tradition to life every year for the Cincinnati Community.  Thank you, Prolink, Zuk's Tree Moving, Capital City Group, Hilltop Companies, Quality Towing and Equipment Moving, Vincent Lighting Systems, Trade31, Skyworks LLC, and The Cincinnati Parks Board.

Star of The Show

In 2022, Fountain Square unveiled the first new holiday star in over 15 years. The stunning, custom made, 14-point star was hand crafted in Cincinnati by contemporary artist, blacksmith, and owner of Iron Belle Metal Deigns, Jordan Graff!

Meet the Tree

The 2023 Prolink Holiday Tree is a showstopping Concolor Fir. Concolor Firs are known for their beautiful sliver blue-green coloring, dense branches, and pyramidal shape making it the perfect tree for Cincinnati's holiday season! The tree will be at Fountain Square through the holiday season. Don't miss your chance to see the Prolink Holiday Tree in all of it's ever green glory at one of Fountain Square's many winter events: https://myfountainsquare.com/events/