Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

50th Dayton Holiday Festival Grande Illumination & Parade

November 25 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free
Celebrating its 50th year in 2022, the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by AES Ohio, 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.
This year, the festival will include some special additions and surprises to celebrate half a century of making holiday memories in downtown Dayton!
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 family fun days and other holiday activities.
Mark your calendar to kick off the 50th Dayton Holiday Festival on Friday, November 25, 2022! Get all the details below.
THE GRANDE ILLUMINATION TREE LIGHTING
PRESENTED BY AES OHIO
November 25, Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts. 4-9 p.m. (tree lighting at 7:55 p.m.)
Watch the holidays light up during Dayton’s traditional tree lighting. At 7:55 p.m., we’ll throw the switch and approximately 50,000 gold lights will brighten the two-story-tall tree on Courthouse Square in honor of the festival’s 50th anniversary! Free.
50th anniversary golden tree sponsored by Premier Health. Media sponsor: WHIO-TV
You can also watch the Grande Illumination TV special and tree lighting live on WHIO-TV starting at 7:30 p.m.
THE DAYTON CHILDREN’S PARADE SPECTACULAR IN LIGHTS
PRESENTED BY WHITE ALLEN CHEVROLET
November 25, along Second, Main, & Fourth sts., 7:55 p.m.
Immediately following the tree lighting, the Children’s Parade will round the corner of Second and Main streets to start its route through downtown, sparkling with more than 100,000 lights! Watch decorative seasonal floats, horses, drill teams and bands, and some special holiday treats. Free.
LED parade lights sponsored by NECA/IBEW Electrical Professionals
Magic Glasses
For a fun and special added touch, grab a pair of free “magic glasses” on Courthouse Square before watching the tree lighting and parade to see the holiday lights in a whole new way! Free.
Sponsored by CareSource
But the tree lighting and parade aren’t the only highlights that night! A full evening of fun holiday entertainment and activities is planned from 4 to 9 p.m., including such favorites as:
LIVE MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts., 4-7:45 p.m.
Enjoy holiday songs and other live entertainment on the Courthouse Square Main Stage leading up to the lighting ceremony. Free.
Sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
LIVE REINDEER
November 25, Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts., 4-8 p.m.
Meet our North Pole ambassadors! Two of Santa’s reindeer will be available to meet on Courthouse Square. Don’t miss your chance to take your picture on Santa’s sleigh! Free.
Sponsored by AES Ohio
GINGERBREAD HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONTEST
November 25, the Old Courthouse, Third & Main sts., 4-8 p.m.
View all the delicious contest entries and the award-winning houses, and vote for your favorite! Free.
STREET FAIR ON THIRD
November 25, Third Street between Main & Ludlow sts., 4-9 p.m.
Enjoy free rides and other activities for kids throughout the evening! Free.
Sponsored by altafiber
HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
November 25, northeast corner of Second & Main sts, 4-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a wagon ride through downtown! Plan to come early, as the rides are very popular and lines can be long (Please note that in order to ensure everyone in line will get a ride, it is often necessary to close the line earlier than the scheduled end time.) Suggested donation: $1 per person.
HOLIDAY VILLAGE
November 25, Stratachache Tower lobby, 40 N. Main St., 4-9 p.m.
Enjoy festive activities, music, and lots of surprises for kids. Free.
HOLIDAY ADVENTURE
November 25, start at Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts., 4-8 p.m.
Kids will go on an adventure around the festival footprint. Children who visit all of the stops will receive a free book. Free.

Details

Date:
November 25
Time:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
, ,

Venue

Downtown Dayton
Third and Main Streets
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
+ Google Map
%d bloggers like this: