December 2023 Dayton Dozen {Family-Friendly Events}

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The year is almost over, but the family fun is just getting started! Here is your Dayton Dozen (another Baker’s Dozen!) for December 2023 of family-friendly events and things to do this month.


1. Santa’s Wonderland {Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s}

Now through December 24
by Online Appointment

FREE photos with Santa, letters to Santa, and so much more!

Cabela’s Centerville
5500 Cornerstone North Boulevard
Centerville, OH 45440

2. Coyote Search

December 1
6-7:30pm

Cox Arboretum National 

Ages 3-13 registration required, Free to attend. Part of Conservation Kids.

Learn about the many adaptations of the Coyote and attempt to lure them closer for a peek. 

3. Dayton Ballet School Nutcracker Party

December 1
6-8pm

Ages 5-11 can be dropped off (pajamas party attire) for crafts, snacks, games and dancing. $40 per child.

4. TMCPL After Dark

December 1
6-8pm

For teens in grades 6-12, enjoy some after-hours fun. Preregistration required beginning two weeks prior.

5. Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival 

December 2
10am

Daytime Parade – 1pm, Candlelight Parade – 7pm

6. Nutcracker Storytime

December 2
1pm

Wright Memorial Library

Ballare School of Dance performs with its student dancers for this special storytime event

7. Vandalia Tree Lighting and Holiday Market

December 3
4-7:30pm

Vandalia Rec Center

FREE! Shop inside then come outside at 6 for the tree lighting. Food trucks, goat cuddles and Santa on site.

8. Miamisburg Community Holiday Celebration

December 3
5:30-8pm

Taking place throughout downtown, experience a parade, caroling, Santa, crafts to buy and some to make, bake sale and the tree lighting.

9. Holly Days at the Arcade 

December 6 & 7
3-8pm
December 8
3-9pm

Art Supply donations for We Care Art accepted at the door (see website for list). Free and open to the public, experience shopping with local vendors, food and live entertainment. 

10. Tippecanoe HS presents The Sound of Music 

December 7-10

11. Christmas on the Farm 

December 9
11am-4pm

Carriage Hill Metro Park
7800 Shull Road

Experience a Victorian Christmas with this Free, all ages event.

12. Luminary Walk 

December 16
6-8pm

Wilson Park
350 Wilson Park Dr
West Carrollton 

Stroll through the lit path while listening to holiday music. Roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate by the West Carrollton Lions Club

13. Christmas Concert with Winters-Bellbrook Library and Bellbrook Presbyterian Church

December 21
7pm

57 West Franklin St

Beavercreek Brass performs a free holiday concert for all ages. Registration not required, but suggested for reminder. 


Make sure to check out our Holiday Lights Around Dayton roundup and our Holiday Gift Guide as well!

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