Halloween is over and now it’s time to make plans for holiday fun! Here is our guide for Holiday Fun in Dayton that you will want to put on your calendar!
Details: November 10, 6:00- 8:00 pm at Fairfield Commons
Join them for our third annual Wreath Lighting event presented by Soin Medical Center! This family-friendly event will include free carriage rides, a reindeer petting zoo, face painting, lots of great giveaways and more! Plus watch as a local artist creates a piece of holiday artwork right before your eyes.
Details: November 11 & 12, Saturday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm & Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm, Historic Main Street, Tipp City
Join the Tipp City shopkeepers as they invite you to kick off the winter shopping season with their annual open house, a Tipp City tradition for more than 25 years! The historic district offers more than 35 locally owned boutiques and restaurants with specialties including toys, games, vintage finds and antiques, collectibles, fashions, handmade soaps, home decor, art, jewelry, book and more! Free.
Details: November 11, 9:00 am, Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center
This popular annual event showcases over 75 vendors throughout Kettering Recreation Complex and Charles I Lathrem Senior Center. Vendors will display their festive holiday decorations and handmade gift items for you to get a start on your shopping. Admission is free to this one-day show! Free.
Details: Saturday, Nov 11, 11:00 am- 9:00 pm at Austin Landing
Join them at 6:00 pm where the fun will begin for our Kettering Physician Network Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday activities! Enjoy a special dance performance from Jeanie Moreland Dancers! Stop by to get your face painted, hop in the photo booth, say hello to Ranger Vic, and warm up with some hot cocoa from the Hilton Garden Inn!
Details: Friday, Nov 17 (6:00-10:00 pm), Saturday, Nov 18 (10:00 am- 9:00 pm), Sunday, Nov 19 ( Noon- 5:00 pm)
The Springboro Christmas Festival features shopping opportunities, with heated tents full of craftsmen and vendors selling unusual gift items, as well as the gift inventory to be found in all the local shops. We still have a parade, with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, at noon on Saturday, and there is plenty of good festival food all along the street. We still have music and special activities in the Entertainment Tent and strolling musicians and entertainers on the street. Horse-drawn wagons still transport festival-goers from one end of the street to the other. With very few exceptions, all of this entertainment is free.
Details: Saturday, Nov 18, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Trebin Elementary School .
Come shop our huge variety of crafters, makers, direct sales representatives, and small businesses! The Trebein Holiday Bazaar is November 18 from 9-3. While you are shopping, be sure to bring your kiddos along to do some shopping of their own. Our kids Holiday Shop is open from 9-2 so be sure to send them with some money and a list of people they need to buy for. Also, Santa will be available for pictures from 10-2, so be sure to bring a camera.
Details: Saturday, Nov 18, 5:00- 8:00 pm
The magic of the holidays begins at The Greene! la Puf Sweets will be doing complimentary hot cocoa with cookies (while supplies last) from 4 pm to 6 pm. They will be putting out their gourmet holiday flavors of cotton candy also!
Details: Saturday, Nov 18- Sunday, Nov 19, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
The Sugarplum Festival of Trees is an annual holiday extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season for the Miami Valley. Please join the more than 350 TWIG volunteers that have worked year-round to make this spectacular holiday event possible.Browse and bid on the fabulously decorated Christmas trees and pick up some homemade Christmas gifts and decorations including wreaths, ornaments and more! Free.
Details: Sunday, Nov 19, 1:00- 5:00 pm
Walk around Centerville with your friends and family and experience the Holidays with a visit with santa and more!
Details: Friday, Nov 24, 11:00 am- 10:00 pm
Spend the holiday weekend creating lasting memories with friends and family at MetroParks Ice Rink! Warm up with hot chocolate from our food concessions. No registration required. Call 937-278-2607 for further details. Admission $5, Skate Rental $2. Children 3 and under free.
Details: Weekends, Nov 24- Dec 3, Nightly Dec 8- 30, 6:00- 9:00 pm
Woodland Lights returns for a 25th season with the traditional lights and sights people have come to love and a month loaded with holiday activities. The Miami Valley’s most beloved lighting festival opens the day after Thanksgiving when friends and family are gathered to celebrate the start of the holidays.New this year: Grinchworld at Woodland Lights has been completely redone so that guests can now step right into the Grinch storybook. In Grinchworld, you can help the Grinch plot on Mount Krumpet, steal the Who’s stockings, pack his slay, and even help carve his roast beast!
Details: Begins Friday, Nov 24, 4:00- 9:00 pm
Watch the holidays light up during Dayton’s traditional tree lighting on Courthouse Square, followed immediately by a nighttime parade for children, sparkling with more than 100,000 lights! The holiday fun continues through December with Family Weekends and other activities, including The Tike’s Shoppe and Wintergarden Wonderland Windows at the Schuster Center, a family movie series, pizza with Santa, a holiday train display, noontime entertainment in downtown’s office buildings, and much more.
Details: Nov 28 and 29, 7:30 pm, Victoria Theatre
When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t have known that A CHRISTMAS CAROL was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. And now that tradition is back at the Victoria Theatre this holiday season!
Details: Nov 29, 7:30 pm
Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
Details: December 1 & 2, Friday Noon- 7:00 pm. Saturday, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm at SICSA
Please join us at the Holiday Bazaar by Friends of SICSA! You won’t want to miss the crafts, homemade dog biscuits, baked goods, collectibles, and gifts for both people and pets. All proceeds benefit the animals at SICSA! Photos with Santa on Saturday only, so don’t miss out!
Details: December 1 -3, Friday (4:00- 9:00 pm) Sat & Sun ( 11:00 am- 5:30 pm)
Waynesville takes on the nostalgic feeling of Christmas past as the downtown is adorned in traditional holiday décor. Make plans to visit this holiday season as we have exciting entertainment, strolling throughout the downtown, in our heated entertainment tent, and in store fronts. In addition, we have Santa Claus arriving daily via the Wayne Township Fire Department, horse drawn carriage rides, carolers & choirs, costume characters and so much more.Don’t forget 60+ retail shops and boutiques that you can either start or complete your gift giving list.
Details: December 2, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Rosewood Arts Centre
Rosewood Arts Centre presents A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival at Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering, OH. Featuring artist vendors, demonstrations, art activities, theater and dance performances and art exhibitions, there is something for everyone! Shop for handmade gifts or create your own. All ages are welcome, and admission is free with refreshments and artwork for purchase. Free.
Details: December 2, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm, Downtown Lebanon
Join Lebanon and the surrounding communities for two horse-drawn carriage parades: a daylight parade at 1:00pm and the traditional evening parade at 7:00pm. Every year this parade gets bigger and more exciting! Festivities include gift and food vendors stationed along E. Mulberry Street; shopping in downtown Historic Lebanon with extended business hours for our 80-plus antique and specialty stores; Christmas carolers, carriage rides; visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus; musical entertainment, and train rides to the North Pole on the North Pole Express with LM&M Railroad. The festival begins at 10:00am and ends after the evening parade. Free.
Details: December 5, 6:00- 8:00 pm, Charles I. Lathrem Senior Center
Make this evening part of your Christmas season festivities. This is a great opportunity to visit with friends and share a nice holiday meal with all of the trimmings, followed by the inspirational sounds of the Kettering Civic Band’s holiday concert.Please register by November 27. Cost is $18/Kettering residents; $20 nonresidents. View the registration page.
Details: December 8 & 9, 8:00 pm, Schuster Center
The Christmas season has many moods . . . from sacred and traditional to young-at-heart and popular. For tonight, however, the focus is on Swing: those catchy rhythms that the hippest of the hip use to make everything, including the holidays, just a little more cool. Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra have chosen the crème de la crème of swingin’ holiday classics.
Details: December 9 & 10, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Dayton Liederkranz Turner German Club
Visit the Christkindlmarkt at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 East Fifth Street in Dayton, on Saturday, December 9, from10 am to 5 pm or Sunday, December 10, from 12 noon to 4 pm for a taste of the centuries-old Christmas market tradition that originated in medieval Nuernburg, Germany. Quality vendors will offer hand crafted ornaments, handmade bath soaps and accessories, beer steins, amber jewelry from the Baltic, German collectibles, antiques, stained glass, unique jewelry, note cards & gifts, paper cut outs, etc. The annual Christmas Basket Raffle features many unique seasonal and German items.
Details: December 9, 11: 30 am- 2:00 pm
Join them this year for the annual Community Holiday Celebration. The parade kicks off the event at 11:30 am. with over 60 festival themed floats, spirited marchers and decorated vehicles. Following the parade, visit an Elves workshop with games, crafts, and entertainment in the Baum Opera House, have pictures taken with Santa, take carriage rides around downtown Miamisburg and enjoy activities and shopping at local businesses. Get into the holiday spirit. Come out and enjoy this enchanted day in Miamisburg. Free.
Details: December 9, 5:00- 7:00 pm, Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park
They will kick off the festival with our park lighting ceremony to welcome Santa to the park with Bellbrook hospitality! Local music groups will fill the park with seasonal carols while Santa meets with his clients. Free activities for kids and families will include: crafts, gingerbread contest tent, and hot chocolate. They will be accepting winter clothing items that will be donated to the Bellbrook Family Resource Center benefitting local families in need this winter.
Details: December 10, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Oakwood Commnunity Center.
The Elf Shoppe is a fun and festive event where children can shop for creative, affordable gifts for their family e same day as the Holiday of Lights at Shafor Park. In the Shoppe, children can shop for gifts for their family (with the aid of our helpful volunteer Elf staff!), and have them gift-wrapped free of charge! Family members can shop at the bake sale for delicious confections, and repose in our waiting area. Profits from the Elf Shoppe will be donated to Oakwood City Schools, as well as used to fund the operation of the Oakwood Farmers’ Market non-profit organization.
Details: December 12-17, Victoria Theatre
How many times do you think you’ve enjoyed the film? Now it’s your turn to see it come to life on stage in a fresh new way — with all your favorite comic moments! Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”). All the elements from the beloved movie are in this play, including that temperamental furnace, the Scut Farkus affair, the “double dog dare ya” with the flagpole at school, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, Ralphie’s dad’s “major award” (a.k.a. the leg lamp), and much more — all live on stage at the intimate Victoria Theatre.
Details: Friday, December 15- 23
Join Dayton Ballet for the breathtaking production of Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition…Dayton Ballet’s beloved The Nutcracker. With magical choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, delectable sets by designer Ray Zupp, and stunning costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life on the Mead Theatre Stage. Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life this holiday season on the Mead Theatre Stage.
Details: December 17, 5:30- 8:00 pm, Riverscape MetroPark
Celebrate Chanukah with an ice menorah carving and lighting while we enjoy ice skating at the ice rink at RiverScape in downtown Dayton.
Details: December 21, 6:30- 7:30p pm, Vandalia Recreation Center
It has been rumored that someone has left glow candy canes all over the grounds of the Vandalia Sports Complex. We will first, decorate a bag for collecting the candy canes and then hunt for them. Afterwards, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Parents must accompany children. Event is held rain or shine. Ages 12 and under.
Details: Day after Thanksgiving- Dec 31, 5:00- 9:00 pm
Every hour, on the hour, all 3.5 million lights at Clifton Mill go out leaving guests in total darkness. As a hush falls over the spectators, orchestral music softly begins to play a medley of traditional Christmas songs and some of the lights on the covered bridge begin to twinkle on and then off again. Clifton Mill has an outdoor miniature village on display during the Christmas season that is the delight of everyone. The miniature village has recreations of many of Clifton’s historic buildings plus a 1950s diner, a light parade going down the main street and two trains that go around the village and across a covered bridge on the mill race stream. On the outskirts of the village, there is a drive-in movie theatre that shows old film clips, a frozen pond with ice skaters, a football game in progress and a country fair with moving bumper cars and Ferris wheel.
Details: December 28, 6:00- 7:00 pm, Ron Kehl Park
Walk the nature trail as the glowing luminaries light your way for the holidays! Meet a winter “Frozen” princess and a woodland fairy along the way and also some nature friends that will help you learn about Ohio’s wildlife. Make some noise at our holiday table and bring in the New Year! Dress for winter weather and wear boots for muddy or icy trails. For all ages-children must be with an adult. Registration preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Free.
Location: Roesch Library at University of Dayton
Date: November 27- January 5, 2018, 8:30- 4:30 (closed 12/25-1/1)
Annual free exhibit for the community. Offering a wide range of cultural and religious experiences, the 2017 displays showcase manger scenes from Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. They will commemorate 200 years of Marianist life and give visitors a glimpse of how Nativity sets are created, preserved and curated