2015 Holiday Events Guide for Dayton


HolidayEventsGuideAt DMB we take pride in sharing all the great things to do in & around Dayton…the holiday’s are no exception! In addition to our {FREE} Holiday Events Guide :: which gives you plenty of events that are absolutely free, we have rolled out the red carpet for this inclusive list of Holiday Fun for the family. No matter your budget, you will find something special to do with the family to soak in the holiday spirit!

Woodland Lights

When: December 4 – December 30, 2015; 6 – 9 pm Nightly; Closed Dec. 24 & 25

Where: 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road; Dayton, OH 45459

Fee: $7 per person

Visitors to the nightly festival can enjoy the beauty of lights sparkling along a half-mile wooded path and reflecting against a woodland pond. Along the trail, whimsical characters and illuminated critters prepare for the holidays, while a real-life Santa Claus visits with children inside an historic log cabin decorated for the holidays.

Clifton Mills

When: The light display starts the day after Thanksgiving and is on every night through December 31. On Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve we close at 8 pm.

Where: 75 Water St.; Clifton, OH 45316

Fee: $10 per person for everyone age 7 and older. Children 6 and under get in Free!

One of the country’s finest -with over 3.5 million Christmas Lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges.

Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop

When: Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering, Ohio 45420

Fee: Cost is $15 per resident and $20 per non-resident. Additional houses cost $15.

Ages 12 months and older. Join us and get up to your elbows in icing and candies creating yummy gingerbread houses with your family! Each participant registered receives one gingerbread house for as many family members who would like to work together.

A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival

Where: Rosewood Art; 2655 Olson Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45420

When: Saturday, December 5 at 11:00am – 3:00pm

Fee: Admission is free; refreshments, make-and-take activities and artwork available for purchase.

Featuring handmade gifts by Rosewood artists, demonstrations, art activities, live performances and art exhibitions, there is something for everyone! Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments are available for purchase to benefit our ceramics studio.  A portion of all proceeds from artwork sales will benefit the Kettering Parks Foundation.

Saturday Family Fun: Wreath Making

When: Saturday, December 5 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Learning Tree Farm; 3376 S Union Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45417

Fee: $5 per family

Get a jump on holiday decorating as we use natural materials from around the farm to create a unique wreath or other sway for your family’s front door, or as a holiday gift. One frame will be provided per registered family. More will be for sale if you would like to make more than one or are a drop-in participant, while supplies last.

We strive to make these family programs as low cost and accessible as possible for the community. We ask for a $5 donation per family to support these programs. Registration is encouraged but not required for these events.

Not a Creature Was Stirring (for preschoolers)

When: Saturday, December 5 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Learning Tree Farm; 3376 S Union Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45417

Fee: $5 per family

While not the favorite animal on the farm, mice are a reality we must deal with when storing feed. We’ll merge farm facts with a reading of The Night Before Christmas and some holiday activities including creating a project suitable for a gift! We ask for a $5 donation per family to support these programs. Registration is encouraged but not required for these events. This series of events is geared for preschoolers (ages 3-5) and a caregiver.

10 Candy Cane Hunt


411942-A Sat. December 5 6-7pm
411942-B Sat. December 5 7:30-8:30pm
411942-C Sun. December 6 6-7pm
411942-D Sun. December 6 7:30-8:30pm

Where: Polen Farm; 5099 Bigger Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45440

Fee: $3 per resident and $5 per non-resident.

Dress in your warmest pajamas, bring your flashlight and join us for a festive night at Polen Farm. It has been rumored someone left candy canes all over the grounds of Polen Farm. First, we’ll decorate a bag for hunting and collecting the candy canes. After we collect the candy canes, we will enjoy cookies and cocoa. Santa may even join us for the fun. Parents must accompany children. Event is rain, snow or shine. Registration Required

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

When: (Open Nov 27 – Dec 20): Mon-Fri 11am-7pm Sat 9am-7pm Sun 9am-6pm

Where: Young’s Jersey Dairy — look for the little red tree barn next to Route 68.

Fee: $50-65+

Cut your own Christmas Trees is a great family tradition from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Choose and cut your tree from our 30 acre farm or select a freshly cut tree.  We will shake, wrap and load your tree for you. Our gift shop has tree stands, ornaments and gifts along with wreaths, handmade grave blankets and crosses.

Fun Town Tree Lighting Event


Where: 1218 East Stroop Road, Kettering, OH

Fee: contact Run Around Fun Town for details

Breakfast with Santa

When: Sat. Dec. 19

Where: Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing

Fee: $12 per person

Join Santa at the Hilton Garden Inn for a yummy breakfast and then make your way to the park to visit Santa’s favorite REAL reindeer beside the big tree!! Finally warm up with some hot cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus at The Booksellers!

Breakfast with Santa

When: Saturday, December 5 at 9:00am – 10:00am

Where: Polen Farm 5099 Bigger Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45440

Fee: $6 per resident and $8 per non-resident.

Fun for the whole family! Santa will join us for this special breakfast at Polen Farm. After eating, you will have some individual one-on-one time with Santa. Seating is very limited so all participants must pre-register, including parents and babies.

Breakfast with Santa

When: Saturday, December 5th | 9-10:30am

Where: Bravo at Dayton Mall

Fee: Limited Menu; Kids $5.95; Adults $11.95

Bring your camera and visit with Santa! Reservation Required – Please call Bravo! at 439-1294

A Christmas Carol


Where: Victoria Theatre

Fee: Tickets start at $25 (Plus service fees. Prices subject to change.)

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. Now that tradition is back at the Victoria Theatre this holiday season! The Nebraska Theatre Caravan brings us Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL brimming with traditional carols and memorable characters. Here’s your chance to start a tradition of your own with all those you hold dear! *** Victoria Theater’s policy is children under the age of 6 will not be permitted.

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