I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! One of my favorite things about this holiday is that once the actually holiday is over, you still have a full weekend to just relax! Seeing as I’m not one for crowds, Black Friday shopping is definitely NOT for me. I’ve always been more of an #optoutside kind of girl. This year, I may do a little of both, but I’ll be shopping my way, but supporting my favorite local shops on Small Business Saturday. If you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit, you may considering one of these events:
Dayton Holiday Festival (46th Annual)
This FREE event kicks-off on Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm in downtown Dayton, and will feature a tree lighting, live music, reindeer, gingerbread homes, street fair, horse-drawn wagon, and more. While Friday is the big kick off, the fun continues weekends through December. More than likely you find me here this afternoon getting myself into a festive mood!
Part of the festival includes Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display located in Kettering Tower. This display is free and open to the public Monday through Fridays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Also, stop into the Schuster Center to check out Rike’s Wonderland Windows! While these old school retail window displays have been delighting kids for decades, they have been redesigned this year for “Merry Makeover”! The center is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturdays noon to 4 pm, and prior to any scheduled performances.
Riverscape Ice Rink – Opening Weekend
Starting today, the ice rink will be open for the winter season! My husband and I tried it out a couple years back. I loved it (the most fun things are the ones I’m really bad at), but my husband was not so sure (never ice skated in his life!) Open daily through February, the hours vary, so check the website. This weekend, it’ll be open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Admission is $5, and skate rental is an additional $2.
This bi-annual home tour runs Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 8 pm. It will feature 10 different homes decorated for the season, with tickets costing $15. Tours depart about every 12 minutes, with each tour consisting of 15 to 20 people per group.
This has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid. If you’ve never been, get yourself over to Clifton… you won’t regret it! The entire mill and Clifton Gorge are COMPLETELY covered in lights, and it is nothing short of magical! Open daily from 5 to 9 pm (lights come on at 6 pm), and admission is $10.
A big, fresh pine porch pot is a great, lasting winter decoration! Join designers at the Knollwood Garden Center in Beavercreek to create a porch pot of your own to take home. Reservations by phone are required as space in the class is limited. The course starts Saturday morning at 10 and cost is $40.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I am a huge nerd and Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. There are so many events going on and things to do at any given time. I hope you all enjoy a little quiet downtime, but also get out to make the most of the season! And let me know…. what’s your favorite tradition? Leave a comment below!