DAYTON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
HOLIDAY KICKOFF & A FULL MONTH OF FUN EVENTS
The holiday fun continues through December with
Family Fun Days & Other Activities
presented by AES Ohio, including:
Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display
November 16-January 2
Stratacache Tower lobby at the corner of Second & Main sts. View in building lobby Mon-Sat, or through windows anytime.
View this one-of-a-kind model train display given to the community by Mrs. Virginia Kettering. (Use Second St. building entrance.) 224-1518.
Rike’s Holiday Windows
November 19-December 31
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Main sts.; Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat.: 12 -4 p.m. Closed on non-performance Sundays
Experience a reimagining of the Rike’s department store holiday window displays that once stood at this busy downtown corner – but now all indoors and cozy warm. The windows were completely redesigned for the 2019 season and haven’t been seen since. (Not accessible during private events. Call 228-7591 to confirm hours.)
Whimsical Windows Contest & Elf Hunt
Beginning November 26, with online voting Dec. 3-30
Select businesses throughout downtown
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 Dayton in this fun and festive atmosphere!
Sponsored by Dayton.com
Find the elf hidden in each Whimsical Window and snap a pic for a chance to win $100 in Downtown Dollars! Take a clear photo of the elf and text your elf photo to (937) 668-7227. Each picture of an elf in a different window counts as one entry. You can submit different elves for multiple entries. One winner will be drawn the week of Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, and Dec. 27. (Different winners will be selected each week.) See the map below on this page for Whimsical Windows locations.
Downtown Jingle Lights
November 26-January 1
Main Street, Third Street, and Monument Avenue
Experience 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. Free. 224-1518. Find more info and a map of the route here.
Sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and iHeartRADIO, with support from Five Rivers MetroParks
MetroParks Ice Rink
November 26-February 27
RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave.
Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the MetroParks Ice Rink sets the scene as a perfect winter wonderland in downtown Dayton. Patrons may skate daily. While the rink is open, you can enjoy delicious treats from the concession area, including a cup of hot chocolate. Take advantage of fun skating activities, such as lessons, themed skating nights and more. Visit metroparks.org/ice-rink to learn more, find daily open hours, and see a schedule of events. Admission: $6 daily, ice skate rental: $2 daily. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. 278-2607.
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17
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. Free. 224-1518.
December 2 – Stratacache Tower – Young Professionals Choral Collective
December 2 – 130 W. Second – Edde Osborne
December 3 – Stratacache Tower – Danny Voris
December 3- 130 W. Second – Abbey Bower
December 9 – Stratacache Tower – Viva La Strings
December 9 – 130 W. Second – SaxTone
December 10 – Stratacache Tower – Centerville Community Chorus
December 10 – 130 W. Second – Keith Lykins
December 16 – Stratacache Tower – SaxTone
December 16 – 130 W. Second – Joseph Glenn
December 17 – Stratacache Tower – Berachah Valley
December 17 – 130 W. Second – LuvLocz
Selfies with Santa
Santa is on the move! Catch him outside with his sleigh at various locations throughout downtown and snap a photo with the big man in red.
December 3 (First Friday) – 6-8 p.m. – Oregon District, Trolley Stop plaza
December 4 – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m – RiverScape MetroPark
December 11 – 12-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. – Oregon District, Trolley Stop plaza
December 18 – 12-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. – Outside the Schuster Center on Main Street
Family Movie Series
December 4, 11, & 18; 11 a.m.
The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.
Bring the family to The Neon for fun, festive holiday films. Free admission for kids 12 and under, $2 for adults.
December 4 – The Polar Express
December 11 – A Christmas Story
December 18 – Jingle Jangle
Masks Required for all film screenings. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from the last 72 hours required for everyone 12 and older. Please stay tuned to neonmovies.com for the latest health protocols. Titles subject to change – call theater for confirmation.
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.