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75 years of State Auto Christmas displays


COLUMBUS, Ohio – December 4, 2006
– 75 years after State Auto Insurance Companies founder Bob Pein began the tradition, State Auto will again flip the switch this week on their annual Christmas display at their headquarters at 518 East Broad Street, next to the Museum of Art.

State Auto’s Christmas display has evolved from a rooftop Santa Town with thousands of lights and hundreds of Christmas trees to the current life-size Nativity. The 1931 display featured 480 Christmas trees and nine miles of electrical wiring. Three years later, there were 8,000 lights and a 16-foot church on top of the building. More than a million people were said to have seen the early State Auto displays each year. There are over 70 life-size figures in today’s display.

The display will be lighted through January 1 from 6 to 8 a.m. and 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. daily, later on weekends and on Christmas Eve.

Local singing groups will perform at the display weekends throughout December. All performances are free and begin at 7 p.m. When near the building, radios can be tuned to 91.5 FM to listen to the choirs and other sounds of the season.

All performances are free and begin at 7 p.m.


Saturday, December 9         Swiss Club Men’s and Women’s Chorus

Sunday, December 10         Damenchor

Saturday, December 16       Signs of Christmas Choir

Sunday, December 17         His Word Choir

Saturday, December 23       Grove City Chamber Singers

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