Dayton Holiday Festival

Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown All December

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

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Allison Swanson: 937-224-1518, ext. 230 or


Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown All December



DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2019 — This past Friday, Dayton-area families kicked off the holiday season during the Grande Illumination and the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights, but the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, continues to delight with special events and programs in downtown Dayton all month long, just as it has for the past 47 years.


Coming up, the First Friday celebration takes place at businesses throughout downtown from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Kick start your holiday gift shopping with unique and locally made items, enjoy live holiday-themed entertainment, and take advantage of sales events and special offers.


First Friday is also the official start of the Whimsical Windows display contest. Stroll through downtown and view festive window displays. Participating businesses can win a cash prize if they collect the highest votes on’s online photo gallery. Visit for more information.


NEW this year: The Flyer, the free and fast shuttle bus that allows you to hop on and hop off from destinations in downtown will be hosting festive holiday events aboard the bus. On special dates, the big man himself, Santa, will be riding the bus or holiday carolers will entertain riders aboard the shuttle. Dec. 4, Santa will be riding the festive Flyer bus from 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 6, carolers will be singing on all Flyer buses from 5:30-7p.m.; Dec. 14, Santa will be riding the festive Flyer bus from 4-5 p.m.; Dec. 20, carolers will be singing on all Flyer buses from 5:30-7p.m.; and Dec. 21, Santa will be riding the festive Flyer bus from 4-7 p.m. Find the Flyer route map at


Celebrate the season with families and friends in downtown Dayton during December. The Dayton Holiday Festival’s Family Weekends, sponsored by DP&L, include:



Dec. 7, 14 & 21 — noon

The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.

Bring the family for fun, festive films. Enjoy the following movies during this year’s series: December 7, The Wizard of Oz (1939); December 14, A Christmas Story; and December 21, The Grinch (2018). Titles subject to change. Free for kids 12 and younger, $2 for adults. Media sponsor: Mix 107.7 (937) 222-7469.



Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22; 11 a.m.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 126 N. Main St.

Have a special lunch with Santa and then visit The Tike’s Shoppe and other downtown holiday attractions. Reservations required. Call for cost. (937) 910-8000.



Nov. 29-Jan. 2; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Stratacache Tower lobby, Second and Main streets

Visitors can view this one-of-a-kind model train display that was given to the community by Mrs. Virginia Kettering. This community treasure has been refurbished thanks to the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, Schultz Electric Train Layouts & Hobbies and the Miami Valley Garden Railway Society. The display can also be viewed through the building windows at Second and Main anytime. (937) 224-1518.



November 29-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! This year there are four newly remodeled windows added to the collection. 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. (Not accessible during private events; call to confirm hours.) 228-7591.



Dec. 7* – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dec. 8* – noon – 5 p.m.

Dec. 13* – 3-7 p.m.

Dec. 14* – 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 15* – noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 19 & 20* – 3-7 p.m.

Dec. 21 & 22* – 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

*Santa Claus will be available for visits and photos for all open weekend days 2-5 p.m., and 3-6 p.m. on Dec. 13, 19, and 20.

Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second and Ludlow entrance

A special shop run by kids, for kids ― and priced within a kid’s budget. Managed by YES! For Youth with support from ABC 22/FOX 45, B94.5 Hot Country, and the Victoria Theatre Association. (937) 545-1334.



December 10-20

KeyBank Tower and Stratacache Tower

Downtown’s towers are ringing with the sound of music this holiday season. Groups from throughout the Miami Valley will perform holiday selections during the 2019 Dayton Holiday Festival’s Noontime Entertainment Program. Starting at 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. 10 – Keith Lykins at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 10 – Edde Osbourne at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 11 – Viva La Strings at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 11 – Abbey Bower at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 12 – Centerville Chorus at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 12 – Joseph Glenn at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 13 – Berachah Valley at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 13 – TBD at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 17 – Abbey Bower at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 17 – Keith Lykins at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 18 – Joseph Glenn at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 18 – Viva La Strings at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 19 – Centerville Chorus at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 19 – Danny Voris at KeyBank Tower

Dec. 20 – Berachah Valley at Stratacache Tower

Dec. 20 – Horace Mann Choir at KeyBank Tower



December 14 – January 1

Downtown Dayton local businesses

The Downtown Dayton Partnership encourages everyone to think local when shopping for the holidays, and will host a special #ShopStrongSaturday on Dec. 14 for holiday shoppers. For #ShopStrongSaturday, shoppers can support downtown’s independent businesses while enjoying roving entertainment and other holiday surprises. In downtown Dayton, you can find gifts for anyone on your list, from art to artisan coffee and more at retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues. For every $1 spent at a local, small business, approximately 67 cents stays in the community, so spend your money locally to support the downtown Dayton small business community.

There is also a “Downtown Dayton Holiday Wish List” filled with “to-dos” of activities to spark creativity in your holiday plans. The wish list asks you to share who and where you want to fulfill holiday activities, including fill-in-the-blanks for prompts like: Go ice skating with (friend’s name). OR Enjoy a holiday brew at (downtown coffee shop or pub name). The wish lists will be distributed at downtown businesses and versions will be shared on the DDP’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.


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