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

Dayton Holiday Festival LogoThe Tike’s Shoppe

November 29-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. 416-4504.
The Tike’s Shoppe is managed by YES! for Youth. Additional support from: ABC 22/FOX 45 and the Victoria Theatre Association.
Media sponsor: B94.5 Hot Country

Visit during these hours:

Nov. 29 – 3-9 p.m. (Santa 4-7:45 p.m.)
Nov. 30 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 1 – noon-6 p.m
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.

Wintergarden Wonderland

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! 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. This year, enjoy brand-new and refurbished window displays! (Not accessible during private events. Call to confirm hours.) 228-7591.

Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display

November 29-January 2; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Stratacache 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 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 at the Schuster Center! Reservations required. Call for cost and reservations. 910-8000.

Family Movie Series

December 7, 14, and 21; 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 7 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
December 14 – A Christmas Story
December 21 – The Grinch (2018)

Noontime Entertainment

December 10-13 and 17-20
ous 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. 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 – Kyleen Downes 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

Whimsical Windows

Beginning November 29, with online voting Dec. 6-27
Several businesses throughout downtown (download map of locations)

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! Vote for your favorite window display online at

Shop Strong Saturday & Downtown Holiday Wish List

December 14 and all season long
Businesses throughout downtown

When you’re making your lists and checking them twice for gift giving this holiday season, make downtown Dayton your destination to shop local, supporting small businesses who have plenty of options for fun, handmade and unique gifts. On Saturday, Dec. 14, throughout downtown and the Oregon District, come out to support our community and visit local retailers for Shop Strong Saturday. We’ll be showcasing our downtown businesses, including the handmade arts, quirky shops, and for those “hard to please” family and friends, there’s nothing better than a gift card to a local shop, restaurant or bar. There will also be live entertainers, including holiday music and surprises, out to add to the fun for you and the whole family.

During Shop Strong Saturday and throughout the holiday season, make your own Downtown Dayton Holiday Wish List and check off your holiday fun while supporting our independent businesses. Tag your friends and family on social media to let them know which things you want to do with them downtown during the holidays!


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 Jami Pack, or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227.


Downtown Dayton Partnership   DP&L   

Special thanks to
The Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund