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

Rike’s Windows

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.

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display

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.

Family Movie Series

Bring the family to The Neon for fun, festive holiday films. Free admission for kids 12 and under, $2 for adults.

Downtown Jingle Lights

See downtown streets transformed into an interactive, drive-thru light show, choreographed to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes! Tune your radio to 97.1 FM as you drive the route. 224-1518.

Noontime Entertainment

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.

Whimsical Windows

This annual contest shows off the creativity of downtown Dayton’s collection of small businesses. Enjoy shopping, dining, and exploring downtown Dayton in this fun and festive atmosphere!


More information about the 2021 Dayton Holiday Festival will be posted later this year. In the meantime, if you have questions about the Dayton Holiday Festival, email Jami Pack, or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227.


Downtown Dayton Partnership          
City of Dayton            Montgomery County