Light Up Dayton: Lanterns Fill the Night Sky

The cold, dark Sunday night sky was illuminated by colorful lanterns that carried flames from Dayton to parts unknown.

The City of Dayton hosted its annual Light Up Dayton event, and dozens gathered to light and let go of the lit lanterns that lifted from the park at Sixth & Main Streets to be carried westward by the wind. The lanterns were added for the first time this year.

Before the sun went down, Santa Claus visited with children inside a tent -- and each kid got a present.

The event also featured hot chocolate, cookies, and songs.

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Photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher