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The season’s first outdoor market is this weekend, and we’re EXCITED

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.
The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.

‘Tis the season for outdoor markets -- and the first one of the area kicks off this weekend.

3rd Sundays at Front Street Outdoor Market returns April 23 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1001 E. 2nd St., Dayton. The event will be held every Sunday from April through October.

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The recurring event is in conjunction with the artist studios and galleries in the Front Street Buildings.

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The outdoor market features antiques, collectibles, artisan items, handmade and homemade items, jewelry, furniture, upcycled and recycled items and more.

The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.

There will also be live music and food trucks.

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Bonus: It’s free and kid-friendly.

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The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Country rock revival tour with Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels band, more headed to town

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

The Southern Uprising Tour, a southern rock revival starring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws, is headed to town.

The tour will make a stop at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the music venue just announced. The show will begin at 5 p.m.

Tickets will range from $40-$65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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The Charlie Daniels Band along with The Marshall Tucker Band will perform Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Larry Busacca / Getty Images

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fraze.com or www.etix.com or by phone at 1-800-514-3849.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store  located inside Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. It is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Country superstar Alan Jackson is headed to town and here’s how to grab tickets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour adds more miles and rolls into 2018 with a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on Friday, March 16! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 12:00 PM (ET). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KRISTY BELCHER

Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour has added a stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Friday, March 16.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at noon. Ticket prices and information are available at Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000, Wright State University Nutter Center Box Office and by visiting alanjackson.com/tour. VIP packages will be available.

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Some of Jackson’s hits include “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time.”

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Jackson’s concert announcement comes on the heels of his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He has been named CMA Entertainer of the Year three times, has more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years. 

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He has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. 

The breathtaking Tree of Light and 7 more reasons to visit Carillon Park this holiday season

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

The Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park is transformed into a Tree of Light on Nov. 30, 2016.

One of Dayton’s most famous landmarks will transform once again into the stunning Tree of Light for the holiday season.

The 151-foot Deeds Carillon will be all aglow with 20,000 Christmas bulbs strung from above the top of the bell tower down to the ground. This is the third year for the Tree of Light.

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The Carillon Tree of Light will shine again beginning Nov. 29. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

“A Carillon Christmas” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, from 5-10 p.m. each night. 

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

In addition to the Tree of Light, here are seven reasons to go:  

1) Letters to Santa: You can help your little ones write a letter to Santa at Newcom Tavern, Dayton’s first post office. Then it will be sent to the North Pole.

2) Yummy treats: Bakers in period costumes will be selling yummy homemade gingerbread cookies, hot cider and fresh chestnuts from a hearth oven in the Morris House. Soft pretzels, peppermint swirls, hot dogs, hard cider and beer will be available at Culp’s Christmas Cafe. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available in the Transportation Center. Full-service dinner and house-made brews will be available at Carillon Brewing Co. 

3) Photos with Santa: Have fun taking a complimentary photo with Santa from 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. 

4) Carillon Card Company: Make your own holiday greeting cards on a printing press from the 1930s. 

5) Midnight Express. Take the kiddie train for a ride to the North Pole and back for $1. 

6) Scavenger hunt: Be part of an adventure for $2.50. 

7) Victorian carolers: Singers will be walking around and singing our favorite Christmas carols to get you in the holiday spirit.

>> PHOTOS: Carillon Tree of Light

Want to go? 

WHAT: A Carillon Christmas 

WHERE Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. 

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 

ADMISSION: $5 for children, $7 for seniors, $8 for adults; free for Dayton History members and children under 3.

MORE INFO: FacebookWebsite

7 of our favorite Dayton holiday traditions

Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

Courthouse square was packed Friday night for the annual tree lighting.

Blink, and it will be the holiday season.

In the spirit of the impending arrival of Santa, his elves, Christmas trees, holiday lights, rage-inducing lines at the stores and mistletoe, here are our favorite Dayton holiday traditions that simply can’t get here soon enough.

Courthouse Square is always packed for the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children s Parade the day after Thanksgiving. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

1. GRANDE ILLUMINATION AND HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

Nothing says holidays like the downtown Dayton tree lighting and children’s parade.

You’re overstuffed with turkey and exhausted from a marathon day of shopping, but you can still muster the energy to come downtown for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Watch the holidays light up during Dayton’s traditional tree lighting on Courthouse Square, followed immediately by a nighttime parade for children 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 and much more.

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Grande Illumination 2016

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

WHERE: Courthouse Square, Dayton

MORE INFO:  Website

A visitor to the Schuster Center Wintergarden views one of the Wonderland Windows currently on display. The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943 and then the Rike’s Department Store at the corner of Second and Main streets until the store closed in 1991. They are now inside the Schuster Center. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

2. WONDERLAND WINDOWS

To many Daytonians, both old and young, it’s not Christmas without the animated characters whose antics once delighted shoppers at Rike’s department store.

The window displays date back to 1943 when NCR placed five scenes from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in their New York City office windows, according to Dayton historian Curt Dalton.

The figures, dressed in period attire, were incorporated into elaborate backgrounds built by NCR carpenters.

In 1945 Frederik Rike, owner of the Rike-Kumler company, successfully campaigned to move the display into the windows of his department store at Second and Main streets in downtown Dayton.

Visiting the windows became a holiday tradition for many Dayton families over the decades. The department store closed in 1991, but the tradition lives on every holiday season at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

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>> PHOTOS: Old Rikes’ window displays at Schuster

WHEN: Nov. 24-Dec. 31; Monday to Friday.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: noon-4 p.m.; closed on non-performance Sundays and during private events

WHERE: Schuster Center Wintergarden, Second and Main streets, Dayton

MORE INFO:  Website | 937-228-7591

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra joins Dayton Ballet for “The Nutcracker,” which will be presented in the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre in December. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

3. DAYTON BALLET’S NUTCRACKER

The Dayton Ballet presents the classic story of The Nutcracker every winter, with a cast that includes young dancers from throughout the Dayton area, with music by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year’s Nutcracker will run from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, with tickets ranging from $21-$72. The costumes are phenomenal, the choreography is beautiful, the little kids are adorable and the holiday spirit is strong at this event.

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WHEN: Ten performances between Dec. 15-23, 2017:

  • Friday 12/15/17 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 2:30PM
  • Saturday 12/16/17 at 7:30PM
  • Sunday 12/17/17 at 2:30PM (hint: don’t miss the Sugarplum Tea for children before this performance at 12:30 p.m.!)
  • Tuesday 12/19/17 at 7:30PM
  • Wednesday 12/20/17 at 4:30PM
  • Thursday 12/21/17 at 4:30PM
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 2:30PM
  • Friday 12/22/17 at 7:30PM
  • Saturday 12/23/17 at 2:30PM

WHERE: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

Carriage rides are a holiday tradition at The Greene. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

4. CARRIAGE RIDES

Take a romantic or fun family carriage ride at The Greene in Beavercreek on Saturdays Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23.

WHEN: Rides will be offered from noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23.

WHERE: Pick up and drop off is located on the south side of the Town Square on Glengarry Drive. 

COST: $10 per person or $15 per couple, cash only. Children 15 and under ride for free with a paying adult.

Ice skating in the great outdoors at Riverscape Metropark. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

5. OUTDOOR ICE SKATING

Nothing says winter fun like outdoor ice skating. The RiverScape MetroPark Ice Rink is the perfect setting for a date or fun with family and friends. All skill levels are welcome, and you can even take lessons if it’s that bad. Warm up with hot chocolate from the concession stand or at the outdoor fireplaces. No registration required.

WHEN: Open daily Nov. 24 through Feb. 28. Hours vary.

WHERE: Riverscape Metropark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave.

COST: $5 plus $2 for skate rental. Skaters ages 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

MORE INFO:  Website 

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6. HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Nothing says date night or family fun night this holiday season than a trip to see some holiday lights. Here are a few must-see displays:

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The Woodland Lights holiday lighting display will open earlier than usual, starting Nov. 25th this season. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Woodland Lights: The annual holiday display kicks off its 25th anniversary season Nov. 25 with a half-mile of lights and a month of fun including carriage rides, amusement rides, live animals, concessions and activities for kids. Woodland Lights offers a walk through eight acres of lights sparkling along a wooded path and a whimsical view of illuminated characters preparing for the holidays. Santa and his elf welcome children nightly through December 23 to their historic log cabin that’s decorated for the holidays. Costumed characters visit many nights and local arts organizations take the stage on weekends.

WHEN: Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 25 through Dec. 3 and nightly Dec. 8-30, except Dec. 23 and 24.

WHERE: Countryside Park at Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Township.

COST: $8 admission, free ages 2 and younger.

MORE INFO: 937-433-0130 | Website

>> Reasons to visit Woodland Lights this holiday season

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill will open before Thanksgiving this year on Nov. 25. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

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. While you’re there, be sure to check out The Santa Claus Museum, a private collection with more than 3,000 examples of Santa Claus on display dating from as far back as 1850.

WHEN: Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. Open 5 to 9 p.m. daily. Closes early at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

WHERE: Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton.

COST: $10, free for children 6 and younger.

MORE INFO: 937-767-5501 | Website

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Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Park into a huge lighted Christmas Tree. The Carillon will be illuminated on Nov. 30 this year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

Carillon Tree of Light and A Carillon Christmas: Dayton’s newest holiday tradition returns. Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus will transform into a winter wonderland. The annual lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29. kicks off a month of seasonal programming at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton.

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WHEN: Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 2017. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Open 5-10 p.m.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

COST: $8 per adult (ages 18-59), $7 per senior (ages 60+), $5 per child (ages 3-17). Free to children under 3 and Dayton History members. 

MORE INFO: Website

Take a ride on the Polar Express this holiday season at the LM&M Railroad. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

7. NORTH POLE EXPRESS

Surely, you know the classic book. Well, experience the real deal every holiday season at the Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad. Board the train and enjoy the classic story “The Night Before Christmas” complete with sleigh bells and Santa and his elves during this one-hour-plus train ride. The look on your child’s face will make it worth the drive to Lebanon. Train rides will be available on select dates and times Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve. Some key dates sell out quickly, including Christmas Eve and the date of the Lebanon Christmas Parade (Dec. 2. Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets can be purchased online.

WHEN: Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 2017. Departure times vary. Click here for the schedule.

WHERE: LM&M Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon

COST: Prices vary based on date and seating selection, but ticket prices start at $18 for youth and seniors and $22 for adults.

MORE INFO: 513-933-8022 | Website