Residents gather at the Holiday Festival in Downtown Dayton
Photo: Downtown Dayton Facebook
Photo: Downtown Dayton Facebook

Christmas tree lighting celebrations across Dayton

It's that time of the year again when families and friends gather together around the Christmas tree with hot chocolate and treats singing Christmas carols and enjoying the holidays with one another. 

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Dayton and surrounding areas are doing the same by inviting the community to celebrate the illumination of their own Christmas trees.

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Here are some places where you can enjoy and be a part of community tree lighting ceremonies this season: 

The Greene Shopping Center Christmas Tree illuminated
Photo: The Greene Facebook

🎄 THE GREENE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Thursday Nov. 15. at at 4450 Buckeye Lane in Beavercreek. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. The event will feature a parade heralding in Santa Claus, who will light the 50-foot-tree with a child from the Special Wish Foundation. Carriage rides and a special Santa photo set will be available for visitors. 

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The Dayton Holiday Festival drew crowds of people to downtown Dayton Friday night. The Grand Illumination and the Dayton Children's Parade were two of the highlights of the annual event. The festivities also included live musical performances, horse drawn wagon rides and carnival rides for children. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

🎄 GRAND ILLUMINATION TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 23, 4-9 p.m. at Courthouse Square, Third and Main Streets, Dayton. The Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off with the Grande Illumination at 7:45 p.m. followed by the Children’s Parade. There will be live reindeer, Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest, live entertainment, The Holiday Village and a Street Fair on Third Street with free carnival rides. Free. For more information, visit

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🎄 TROY TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 23, 5-8:30 p.m. at the Public Square, Main and Market streets, Troy. Troy will welcome in the holidays with a parade including Santa’s arrival by fire truck, carriage rides, tree lighting and visits with Santa. For more information, visit

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 29th annual Lebanon Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event takes place in downtown Lebanon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO

🎄 HOLIDAY ILLUMINATION: Nov. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at Christmas Tree Park, Corner of Main Street and Broadway, Lebanon. The City’s annual Christmas Tree lighting includes free horse carriage rides and Santa Claus in City Hall. Downtown shops are open late. Free. For more information, call 513-932-3060 or visit

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The inaugural, month-long Carillon Christmas celebration will kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 30, with the illumination of the Tree of Light at 5:30 p.m.

🎄 A CARILLON CHRISTMAS: Nov. 28-Dec. 30, 5-10 p.m. daily: Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. The illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. The park will feature thousands of Christmas lights, traditional holiday fare, Santa Claus, live music, historical craft demonstrations and more. Cost: $8 per adult (18-59); $7 per senior (60+); $5 per child (3-17); Free to children under 3 and Dayton History members. For more information, visit

🎄 KETTERING MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE: Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m. at City of Kettering, 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering. The City of Kettering’s annual holiday tradition returns with the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Lincoln Park. Holiday music and carriage rides begin at 6 p.m. leading up to the countdown of the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information, visit

111505---Kent Haller of the Fairborn Plant Maintenance Department decorates the holiday Christmas tree on Central Ave. It will take about 2 days. It has 300 lights and hundreds of ribbons and bulbs. The pine cones are real. The tree is about 40 feet tall and was taken from Fairborn's Fire Station 3.The lighting ceremony will be on Friday, Nov. 25. STAFF PHOTO BY BILL REINKE.
Photo: Bill Reinke/Bill Reinke

🎄 FAIRBORN HOMETOWN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 30, 4-7 p.m. at Fifth-Third Commons, Corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue, Fairborn. There will be a number of activities for the kids, including a chance to have their picture taken with Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides, pony rides for $1 and the Holiday Parade at 6 p.m. ending with the Tree Lighting by Santa. Free. For more information, call 937-754-3030 or visit

The Salvation Army held its Christmas food distribution day Monday at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton. A turkey and a gift card to a grocery store were given to 4,100 families in need to help prepare Christmas dinner. More than 120 volunteers helped with the annual distribution.
Photo: Lisa Powell

🎄 CHRISTMAS AT THE KROC: Nov. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Salvation Army & Kroc Community Center, 1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton. The day will include fun, family holiday activities, including the tree lighting, a craft fair, pictures with Santa and more. Free; donations accepted. For more information, call 937-528-5100 or visit

Kayleen Grachek visits with Santa and gets her photo taken during the West Carrollton 22nd Annual Holiday Fest Dec. 4. at the West Carrollton Civic Center. Some 350 people attended, according to event organizers. The festival featured horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, free photos with Santa, musical entertainment, and arts and crafts. Contributed photo
Photo: Contributed

🎄 WEST CARROLLTON HOLIDAY FEST: Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m. at Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton. Sponsored by the City Beautiful Commission, the event features free “take your own” photos with Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical performances by local high school choirs and tree lighting at 6 p.m. Free. For more information, call 937-859-5182 or visit

The annual tradition of Yuletide Winter’s Gathering returns to Tipp City’s historical downtown this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 as local business owners show off their shops, restaurants and other offerings. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

🎄TIPP CITY’S COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING: Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. at Downtown Tipp City, Corner of North 3rd and Main Street, Tipp City. Featuring free hot chocolate and cookies, the community band, Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in on a fire truck followed by take your own pictures, a short presentation and then the big countdown! Gather in the greenspace of Zion Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. and kick off from there. Free.

🎄 CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. at Eichelberger Amphitheater, 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. The City of Huber Heights will be hosting its annual Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting. There will be opportunities to have photos taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus, make Christmas wish lists, and plenty of cookies and hot chocolate for everyone. Non-perishable food donations for St. Peter’s Food Pantry are accepted. Free. For more information, call 937-233-1423 or visit

Aiden Brown, 3yrs old, looks over the Christmas tree, in Benham's Grove, with his grandmother, Kelley Brown. They were attending the official Centerville tree lighting in the park.
Photo: Ron Alvey

🎄 CENTERVILLE TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 2, 7 p.m. at Benham’s Grove, 166 N. Main St., Centerville. Enjoy the sounds of the season with musical entertainment from the Cline Cougar Chorus and the Centerville Community Band. Other musical performances and dance selections, and a special appearance by Santa Clause. Free. For more information, call 937-433-7151 or visit

🎄VANDALIA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Dec. 2, 6 p.m. at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia. Join in for cookies and hot cocoa, entertainment, kid’s holiday craft and a visit from Santa Claus. Free. For more information, call 937-898-5891 or visit

🎄CITY OF MORAINE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. at City Building, 4200 Dryden Road, Moraine. Featuring Christmas music and carolers, free cookies and hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus and the unveiling of the Christmas Light display. Free. For more information, call 937-535-1000 or visit

🎄CHRISTMAS IN MASON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 8, 6-8:30 p.m. at Downtown Mason Plaza, Main Street and Route 42, Mason. The event begins incudes the official lighting of the Christmas Tree, an iceless skating rink, photos with Santa, food vendors and adult beverages, kids crafts and activities, music and more. Free.