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Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown All December

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Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown All December

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 27, 2017 — 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 45 years.

Coming up, the First Friday celebration takes place at businesses throughout downtown from 5 to 10 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 1. Shop for unique and locally made items, enjoy live holiday-themed entertainment, and take advantage of sales events and special offers. See the list of locations below.

NEW this year: Downtown’s popular multi-passenger bicycles are making rounds to different downtown destinations. The Sugarplum Shuttle operates Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8 p.m., starting this First Friday, Dec. 1. Look for special signs for the hop on/hop off stations. Dec. 1, the route will be in the Oregon District, with hop-on/hop-off stations at either end of Fifth Street. Dec. 8-9, the route will be in the Oregon District and a route connecting RiverScape MetroPark to the Schuster Center. Check the Facebook event for this week’s schedule. (Shuttle rides will cancel under inclement weather.)

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 the website, or collect the most “likes,” shares and comments on their designated social media post. Visit for more information.

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. 2, 9 & 16 — noon
The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.
Bring the family for fun, festive films. Enjoy the following movies during this year’s series: Dec. 2, Prancer; Dec. 9, Miracle on 34th Street; and Dec. 16, Home Alone. Titles subject to change. Free for kids 12 and younger, $2 for adults. Media sponsor: Mix 107.7 (937) 222-7469.

Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17; 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. 24-Jan. 2; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Kettering 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 24-December 31; Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 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. (Not accessible during private events. Call to confirm hours.) 228-7591.

Nov. 24 – 3-9 p.m. (Santa 4-7:45 p.m.)
Nov. 25 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Nov. 26 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 1 – CLOSED
Dec. 2 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Santa 2-4 p.m.)
Dec. 3 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 8 – 2-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 9 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 10 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 11-14 – CLOSED
Dec. 15 – 2-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 16 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 17 – noon-6 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 18 – CLOSED
Dec. 19-22 – noon-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Dec. 23 – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Santa 2-5 p.m.)
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second and Ludlow entrance
A special shop run by kids, for kids ― and priced within a kid’s budget. Santa is available for pictures from 2-5 p.m. each day of the Tike’s Shoppe. Managed by YES! For Youth with support from ABC 22/FOX 45 and the Victoria Theatre Association. (937) 750-3076.

December 6-16
Various downtown buildings
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 2017 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.

First Friday: Celebrate the Season Edition
Along with other holiday activities, it’s also time for December’s First Friday! From 5-10 p.m. on Friday, December 1, enjoy the festive displays of local businesses participating in Whimsical Windows contest. Check out the First Friday or Downtown Dayton Facebook pages for details on how to help the small business with the best display win a cash prize. Shoppers, diners and other downtown visitors will encounter roving choral groups performing holiday favorites. Hop aboard the free Sugarplum Shuttle, making its debut in The Oregon District Dec. 1 and 2. More activities listed below are just some of the sales events, special exhibits, and other entertainment found in downtown Dayton for First Friday!

• Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.: The Dayton Society of Artists will present Small Works, an exhibition featuring work by member artists, until Dec. 16. This First Friday, the exhibition will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 228-4532.
• Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.: Enjoy the first Trunk Show of the holiday season featuring “Wood, Ribbon and Silk: New Textured Glass Vessels by Jim Delange.” Call 224-3822 for more information.
• Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St.: The Edward A. Dixon Gallery will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. for First Friday. Original works and limited edition’s will be on display and available for purchase.
• The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: It’s time for another First Friday at Front Street! This event features over two dozen art studios and artists all in one location, including painters, sculptors, glass makers, and jewelry makers.
• K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S Jefferson St.: K12 Gallery & TEJAS will host a winter make & take art event for the entire family on First Friday. They will have a Holiday Art Sale with a variety of handmade items by local artists including: paintings, pottery, jewelry, cards, and glass works of art. First Friday also marks the opening reception for their latest exhibit, “Visionary Views” by Jud Yalkut. Call 461-5149.

• Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Enjoy live music from The Loveless, Tiger Sex, Parade Rainer, and Viceroy Kings.
• Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.: Celebrate Irish First Friday at the Dublin Pub with a Miami Valley Pipes & Drums performance at 7 p.m. and 9 Castle Close at 9 p.m. Call 224-7822.
• Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow St.: Stop by for live music featuring John Arthur Gentry Jr. at Hannah’s this First Friday. While you are there, enjoy signature drinks and try the sandwich that Alton Brown called “amazing!” Call 640-1335.
• THERAPY Cafe, 452 E. Third St.: David Winner will perform music from his new Album, “Just Do it yourself,” at THERAPY Cafe. Show starts at 10 p.m.
• Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W. Fifth St.: Head over to Third Perk to enjoy live music and a wine tasting.
• Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Blind Karma will perform at the Trolley Stop this First Friday. Performance begins at 9:30 p.m. Call 461-1101 for more information.

• The Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. Third St.: Womit 2.0 takes the stage every Friday night from 9 to 10 p.m. The show format may change but the performers do not! They may interview an audience member, discuss personal stories, or simply take a one-word suggestion to create an hour of fun. BYOB. Call for ticket prices and availability: 369-0747.
• Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Dayton Chess Club hosts a quick tournament for U.S. Chess Federation members. Games are perfect for club chess players and those experienced with online chess games who would like to test their skill over the board. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. and registration ends at 7:25 p.m. The first of four games begins at 7:30. Visit for more details. Call 461-6283.
• Dayton Metro Library (Main Branch), 215 E. Third St.: On First Friday, take a magical winter walk indoors! Stroll the “forest path” and enjoy The Mitten, a classic Ukrainian folk tale, and mitten themed activities. Donations of new mittens and gloves are welcome. The Story Walk will be open until 9 p.m. Call 463-BOOK for more information.
• Metroparks Ice Rink, 237 E. Monument Ave.: Lace up your skates and hit the rink this First Friday. Admission fee is $5 and skate rentals cost $2. The ice rink is open until 10 p.m. For rink status, call 278-2607.
• Schuster Center (Mathile Theatre), 1 W. Second St.: Dare to Defy Productions presents “Little Women,” a Broadway Musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1869 novel. This musical shares the adventures of the four March sisters at home in Concord, Massachusetts while their father is away on the Civil War battlefields. Do not miss this charming classic that is great for all ages. The First Friday showing begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at, by phone at (937) 228-3630 or in person at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office.
• Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third St.: Skeleton Dust Records is excited to continue offering a rotating display of artwork from some of their favorite artists, and they will celebrate a new opening for Dayton artist Katie Modras-Anible. Katie will be showing a selection of drawings that she has completed for Inktober. Modras-Anible will also conduct a live performance utilizing sound and visuals as an accompaniment to the display of her drawings. The performance will take place at 7 pm and light refreshments will be served.
• Sugarplum Shuttle, Oregon District: The multi-passenger bicycle pubs seen pedaling around downtown this summer have transformed into Sugar Plum Shuttles. The Sugarplum Shuttles will operate from 6-8 p.m. starting on First Friday with routes running in the Oregon District. Routes the following weekend will also include the Schuster Center and RiverScape MetroPark. Look for signs in these areas to hop on or off the free shuttle. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while riding.
• Whimsical Window Displays, Various Locations Downtown: First Friday marks the official start to the Whimsical Window Display contest downtown. Around 30 local businesses designed unique holiday displays. Visit to rate your favorite displays. You can also visit your favorite downtown business’ social media sites to find links to vote on their windows.
• Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: Don’t miss comedian Geoff Tate. Tate has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and regularly tours with Doug Benson and Doug Stanhope.

Food and Drink
• Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., $2.50 well drinks.
• Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: $2-$3 tastings of select wines. Call 225-9463.
• Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. 5th St.: Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their main bar and patio. It includes $5 select appetizers, $1 off signature cocktails, $1 house red and white wine, and select beer specials. Call 203–3999.
• Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: $5 “Trolley hour” food specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Buckeye Laptop, 133 N. Ludlow: Stop by Buckeye Laptop on First Friday and register to win a FREE laptop and enjoy free Christmas cookies and beverages. Also, receive $20 off any laptop purchase and $15 off any repair. Bundle pricing will be available for screen, battery and tempered glass – save over $50! Call 985-2006.
• Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: Clash will set up its gallery with locally made and vintage gifts priced at $50 and under, and will offer free photos with Santa. Call 241-9434 for times.
•De’Lish Cafe, 139 N. Main St.: Doors open at 7 p.m. for The Vibe Spot Sip’N’Shop that will feature some Ohio based local brands, artists & small businesses. Starting at 8:30 p.m., they will have a full line up of Gem City’s finest creatives from Spoken Word to visual artists.
• Hall’s Jewelers, 110 N. Main St.: First Friday marks the 31st Annual Hall’s Jewelers Open House. Take 31% off all regular priced merchandise from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 848-5881.
• The “Old” Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St.: Finish your holiday shopping at Handmade Holiday Dayton this First Friday. Check out over 30 local artisans selling handmade items from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to this event is free.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more. Download the Find It Downtown mobile search tool for smartphones at

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