DAYTON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
HOLIDAY KICKOFF & A FULL MONTH OF FUN EVENTS
Started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering in 1972 so that all children could enjoy the holiday season regardless of their economic means, the festival continues today with free attractions for the community.
The holiday fun continues through December with
Family Fun Days & Other Activities
presented by AES Ohio, including:
Downtown Jingle Lights
November 24-January 1
E. Monument Avenue & Main Street
See downtown streets transformed into an interactive, drive-thru light show, choreographed to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes! Tune to 95.1FM as you drive the route. Free. 224-1518.
Virginia Kettering's Holiday Train Display
November 24-January 1
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.) Free. 224-1518.
Rike's Holiday Windows
November 24-January 3
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Main sts.; Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and before every performance at the
Schuster Center. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,
and New Year’s Day.
Experience a reimagining of the Rike’s department store holiday window displays that once stood at this busy downtown corner. Free.
(Not accessible during private events. Call 228-7591 to confirm hours.)
Presented by Dayton Live
MetroParks Ice Rink
November 24-March 1
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 costs, and see a schedule of events. 278-2607.
Whimsical Windows Contest & Elf Hunt
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! Vote for your favorite window display online. Can you spot the Elf hidden inside the windows of downtown businesses? Text a photo of your find to 937-668-7887 or tag us and use the hashtag #DaytonElfie and you could win Downtown Dollars! Free.
Sponsored by Dayton.com
Family Movie Series
December 2, 9, & 16; 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.
Sponsored by Dayton Children's and The Rubi Girls
December 2 - Frozen
December 9 - Home Alone
December 16 - The Muppet Christmas Carol
Titles subject to change - call theater for confirmation.
Uno's Pizza with Santa
December 9, 10, 16, & 17; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Uno Chicago Grill, 126 N. Main St.
Have a special lunch with Santa. Reservations required. Call for cost and reservations. 910-8000.
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 Lynn Robertson, or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227.