Dayton Holiday Festival


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!

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Dayton Holiday Festival 2016

The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is your source for family-friendly holiday fun in downtown Dayton. Started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering more than 40 years ago so that all children could enjoy the holiday season regardless of their e…

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Dayton Holiday Festival 2015

Schedule of Events: Friday, November 27, 20154-9 p.m: Kick off the Dayton Holiday Festival7:45 p.m. The Grande Illumination tree lightingPresented by DP&LWatch the holidays light up during Dayton's traditional tree lighting. At 7:45, we'll throw …

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Dayton Holiday Festival 2014

The Dayton Holiday Festival is your source for family-friendly holiday fun in downtown Dayton. Started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering more than 40 years ago so that all children could enjoy the holiday season regardless of their economic means, the Festi…

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