Holiday Happenings in Dayton – Dayton Parent Magazine

Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Waynesville Ohio for a small town Christmas, December 4th – 6th. where you can experience carriage rides, entertainment, enticing restaurants and holiday shopping. We will have 1300 luminaries on Friday and Saturday evenings, barbershop quartets, strolling characters, and of course Santa Claus. For more information contact the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce at 513­-897­-8855

Phone: (513) 897­-8855





 Flash Photography Studios

Flash Photography is not your average portrait studio! We provide every single photo on a flash drive including a print release ,and a complimentary on-line gallery. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Mini Sessions are available now through December 31st! This is a quick 5-minute portrait session perfect for all children big and small..pets too! We are located at The Greene and The Liberty

Center.Phone: (937) 886­-4500


Woodland Lights

Woodland Lights is a half-mile wonderland of lights, displays and festival activities in Countryside Park, next to to the Washington Township Rec Center. Runs Dec. 4th through the 30th from 6pm-9pm nightly (closed Dec. 24th and 25th). 895 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Santa Visits, Grinch World, Costumed Characters, Food Trucks, Amusement Rides, Live Animals and a Kids Party in the Park on select nights. $8 per person. Rides are additional.

Phone: (937) 433­-0130


Legendary Lights of Clifton Mills

Our light display, featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country’s finest with over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum , a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge. Every night until the night before Christmas Eve you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh. 75 Water St. Clifton, OH

Phone: (937) 767­-5501


The Tike’s Shop

November 27-December 23
Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Ludlow
DP&LA special shop run by kids for kids – and priced within a kid’s budget! Also, visit Santa during special hours. The Tike’s Shoppe is managed by YES! for Youth. Visit during these hours: •Nov. 27 – 3-9 p.m. (Santa 4-7:45 p.m.)

Phone: (937) 750­-3076


 Ice Skating at RiverScape MetroPark

Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the MetroParks Ice Rink sets the scene as a perfect winter wonderland in downtown Dayton. Patrons may skate daily, including all holidays. While the rink is open, you can enjoy delicious treats from the concession area, including hot chocolate. Take advantage of fun skating activities, such as lessons, themed skating nights and more. Visit to learn more and see a schedule of events. Admission: $5 daily, ice skate rental: $2 daily. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult.

Phone: (937) 278­-2607


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