The holiday fun continues through December with
Family Weekends & Other Activities
presented by DP&L
, including:

Dayton Holiday Festival LogoThe Tike’s Shoppe

November 23-December 23
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Ludlow entrance

A special shop run by kids for kids – and priced within a kid’s budget! Also, visit Santa during special hours. Located in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. Call to confirm hours. 545-1334.
The Tike’s Shoppe is managed by YES! for Youth. Additional support from: ABC 22/FOX 45 and the Victoria Theatre Association

Visit during these hours:

Nov. 23 – 3-9 p.m. (Santa 4-7:45 p.m.)
Nov. 24 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Nov. 25 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 1 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 2 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 8 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 9 – noon – 6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 15 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 16 – noon-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 17 & 18 – Closed
Dec. 19-23 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)

Wintergarden Wonderland

November 23-December 31; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. noon-4 p.m.; closed on non-performance Sundays
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Main sts.

Come see one of the area’s longest-running holiday traditions — the magical Rike’s department store holiday window displays! Experience the wonder of the animated elves, woodland animals, violinists and skaters right at the corner of Second and Main streets in downtown Dayton, where these displays delighted people beginning more than 70 years ago. New this year, the redesigned windows have undergone a Merry Makeover!  (Not accessible during private events. Call to confirm hours.) 228-7591.

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display

November 23-January 2; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Kettering Tower lobby, corner of Second and Main sts.

Visitors of all ages can view this beloved, one-of-a-kind model train display that was given to the community by Mrs. Virginia Kettering. The display can also be viewed through the building windows at Second and Main anytime. 224-1518.

Uno’s Pizza with Santa

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23; 11 a.m.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 126 N. Main St.

Have a special lunch with Santa and then visit the Tike’s Shoppe at the Schuster Center! Reservations required. Call for cost and reservations. 910-8000.

Family Movie Series

December 1, 8, and 15; noon
The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.

Bring the family to The Neon for fun, festive holiday films. Titles subject to change – call the theater for confirmation. Free admission for kids 12 and under, $2 for adults. 222-7469.
Media sponsor: Mix 107.7

Scheduled Films:

December 1 – Little Women (1933)
December 8 – The Man Who Invented Christmas
December 15 – The Polar Express

Ride the Sugarplum Shuttle

Friday and Saturday evenings, November 30-December 22, 6-8 p.m.

For a fun and festive way to get around downtown, hop on the free Sugarplum Shuttle! Downtown pedal wagons will deck their hauls with holiday music, lights, and more, and run routes through downtown.
Sponsored by PNC

Noontime Entertainment

December 4-7 and 11-14
Various downtown buildings

Downtown’s buildings ring with the sound of music during the holiday season. Groups from throughout the Miami Valley perform a mix of holiday selections during the Dayton Holiday Festival’s Noontime Entertainment Program. Starting at 12 noon, performing groups will present their holiday selections as lunchtime entertainment in selected building lobbies. Take a break from your chaotic schedule to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the carols and instrumental sounds. Each musical group has a unique way to bring in the holiday season and entertain you with an upbeat performance you’re sure to love.

Dec. 4 – Edde Osborne at Kettering Tower
Dec. 4 – Keith Lykins at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 5 – Viva La Strings at Kettering Tower
Dec. 5 – Berachah Valley at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 6 – Joseph Glenn at Kettering Tower
Dec. 6 – Keith Lykins at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 7 – Berachah Valley at Kettering Tower
Dec. 7 – Horace Man Choir at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 11 – Viva La Strings at Kettering Tower
Dec. 11 – Keith Lykins at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 12 – St. Helen Elementary School Chorus at Kettering Tower
Dec. 12 – Abbey Bower at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 13 – Edde Osborne at Kettering Tower
Dec. 13 – Joseph Glenn at KeyBank Tower
Dec. 14 – Berachah Valley at Kettering Tower
Dec. 14 – Abbey Bower at KeyBank Tower

Whimsical Windows

Beginning November 23
Several businesses throughout downtown – Download a map of participating businesses

This annual contest shows off the creativity of downtown Dayton’s collection of small businesses as they decorate their storefront windows for the holidays in their own unique ways. Enjoy shopping, dining, and exploring downtown in this fun and festive atmosphere!
Click here to vote for your favorite window display online at, now through noon on December 28!


In addition to all of the Dayton Holiday Festival events, you’ll find plenty of holiday themed and other events going on all season long downtown.  For the most up-to-date listing of downtown happenings, check out our online Calendar of Events.

If you have questions about the Dayton Holiday Festival, email Emilee Langenkamp, or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227.


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