The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is your source for family-friendly holiday fun in downtown Dayton. Started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering in 1972 so that all children could enjoy the holiday season regardless of their economic means, the festival continues today with free attractions for the community.

Each year, the festival kicks off Thanksgiving weekend with the Grande Illumination and the Dayton Children’s Parade. The fun continues throughout the month of December with activities like the Tike’s Shoppe, a family movie series at The Neon, pizza with Santa, and more!

Mark your calendar to kick off the Dayton Holiday Festival on Friday, November 29, 2019!

Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts., 4-9 p.m. (tree lighting at 7:45 p.m.)

Watch the holidays light up during Dayton’s traditional tree lighting. At 7:45 p.m., we’ll throw the switch and approximately 50,000 colored lights will brighten the three-story-tall tree on Courthouse Square.

Bill Nance and Melody Morris from will do a live broadcast at the Old Courthouse from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by live announcing of the parade


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