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Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 11:40 AM
— It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday fun, right?
Here are some of our favorite Dayton holiday events and traditions. Mark your calendars now:
THE TIKE’S SHOPPE/SANTA VISITS
Nov. 27-Dec. 23, Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Ludlow streets
A special shop run by kids for kids and priced within a kid’s budget. Also, visit Santa during special hours.
WINTERGARDEN WONDERLAND WINDOWS
Nov. 27-Dec.31; 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Christmas Eve/Day and during private events, Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second & Main streets
Come see one of the area’s longest-running holiday traditions — the magical old Rike’s department store holiday window displays. Experience the wonder of the animated elves, woodland animals, violinists and skaters right at the corner of Second and Main streets in downtown Dayton, where these displays delighted people beginning more than 70 years ago.
VIRGINIA KETTERING’S HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY
Nov. 27-Jan. 2; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Kettering Tower lobby, corner of Second & Main streets
Visitors of all ages can view this beloved, one-of-a-kind model train display that was given to the community by Mrs. Virginia Kettering. The display can also be viewed through the building windows at Second and Main anytime. Call (937) 224-1518.
UNO’S PIZZA LUNCH WITH SANTA
Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20; 11 a.m.; Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 126 N. Main St.
Have a special lunch with Santa in close proximity to tons of downtown holiday events. Reservations required. Call for cost and reservations. 937-910-8000.
FAMILY MOVIE SERIES
Dec. 5, 12, & 19; noon; The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.
Bring the family for fun, festive films. Titles subject to change, call the theater for confirmation. Free admission for kids 12 and under, $2 for adults. Scheduled films:
HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS
Sure, you can drive through your neighborhoods, OR you could go see one of these two amazing holiday light displays.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton
For more than two decades, people throughout the region have celebrated the Christmas season with a massive holiday display featuring more than 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges at Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton. 5 to 9 p.m. daily starting Friday, Nov. 27. Cost: $10, free for children 6 and younger. Call (937) 767-5501.
The annual holiday display features a half-mile festival of lights and displays along a wooded path with costumed characters, Grinch World, amusement rides for kids, live deer and foxes, food trucks and other concessions. Visits with Santa Claus take place nightly in an historic log cabin before Christmas, followed by nightly visits with the Grinch after Christmas. Weekends feature revolving performances by arts organizations and interactive experiences with life-size puppets by the Zoot Theatre Company. Weeknights include a Kids Party in the Park with storytellers, giant games and free cookies for kids. Revolving Activities & Entertainment include carriage rides, pet nights and Star Wars Weekend. Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Township. 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. $8. Free children 2 and younger. Call (937) 433-0130.
ICE SKATE AT RIVERSCAPE
Usher in the winter season on the outdoor ice skating rink at RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. Open daily beginning Nov. 27, but hours vary. Warm up with hot chocolate from the food concession and warm up at the outdoor fireplaces. No registration required. $7. All ages. Special holiday hours will be offered. (937) 278-2607.
Dec. 12: Santa Pub Crawl: The 10th annual event is a benefit for the Marine’s Toys for Tots. The Oregon District, Fifth Street, Dayton. 5 p.m. $10 toy or donation. Visit toysfortots.org for more info.
Take a romantic carriage ride or a fun family ride at The Greene in Beavercreek. Carriage rides will be available Saturdays Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $10 per person of $15 per couple (cash only). Children under 15 can ride free with a paying adult. Pick-up and Drop-off is located on the south side of the Town Square on Glengarry Drive.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM
— The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world.
With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports.
The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone.
Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM
— Well, folks, that’s a wrap!
The theme: Prohibition. 1920’s-style dress is encouraged, but not required.
General admission tickets are on sale for $14, and VIP tickets are on sale for $22 (UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out!)
VIP ticketholders will receive admission to a special Speakeasy VIP lounge, a free bourbon glass, a free drink, a swag bag, appetizers and more. VIP ticketholders will also have no wait, and their party starts a little earlier at 5 p.m.
Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at Dayton.com.
The festivities will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Ages 21 and up only, please.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency.
Are you a local business that wants to participate?
If you’re a Best of 2017 food and dining finalist who wants to be involved in the party in some way, please let us know. Fill out this Eventbrite link to connect with us. We have a limited amount of booths available for restaurants, and it’s first come, first serve.
If you’re an entertainer who’d like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you, too.
>> PHOTOS: Dayton.com Best of 2016 party
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:54 PM
— The Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with Buckeye Vodka and Prime Time Party Rental for a night of gourmet samples, music, photos and fun.
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the association presents the anticipated Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week. Fifteen restaurants will share exclusive menu samplings, including tastings from three new restaurants on the Winter Restaurant Week lineup.
>> 5 new restaurant openings in 2018 you should know about
The Sneak Peek menu includes:
Bravo! Cucina Italiana (new this year!)
Brio Tuscan Grille (new this year!)
Canal House Chili (opening soon!)
Dewberry 1850 (new this year!)
The best way to navigate this sensational menu? As Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s executive director Amy Zahora puts it, “dive right in!” Bring a curious palette and appetite to the affair – there’s a lot to revel in.
In addition to the food, DJ and photo booth, guests can enjoy a cocktail crafted by Buckeye Vodka with their drink ticket (included with ticket purchase), as well as a glass of the newly-launched Walking Dead-themed wine for $5. For even more fun, Dayton’s Beer Bike QuadracycALE will be on display at the event booking their portable pub for summer festivities.
Winter Restaurant Week kicks off Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 28 offering three tiers of reduced price-points on curated three-course meals, with $1 from each meal donated to a local charity.
Want to go?
WHAT: Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week
WHERE: Prime Time Party Rental, 5225 N. Springboro Pike
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
COST: $20.18 in advance, $25 day of. Includes 1 drink ticket
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:55 AM
— If only Mona Lisa had lived long enough to show us her #selfie. We’re almost positive she would have been a pro.
Wednesday, January 17, is National Museum Selfie Day, and there’s no better day to pose with your favorite portrait.
It’s not every day you get to shamelessly snap away in public. But on this national day of exquisite art and cheesy photo-ops, it’s not time to stop until your arm gets tired.
The Dayton Art Institute wants to see how strong your selfie game is.
So visit the museum, snap a selfie, and tag it on social media with #MuseumSelfie and #DAIselfie and the Art Institute will share their favorites on their social media accounts.
Of course, you’re free to “selfie” all over town at any one of Dayton’s exciting museums — so don’t hold back!
“Have fun and be creative, but please remember to be mindful/respectful of other museum guests, keep an appropriate distance from the art, and no selfie sticks or tripods in the galleries!” the DAI advises on its Facebook page.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is getting in on the fun as well. Take selfies with the museum’s collection items at any of its #CurateMyCommunity locations. Use the hashtags #MuseumSelfie and #CincyMuseumSelfie.