Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert Contest is always a Ringing in the Holidays favorite. Guests sample offerings from Carillon Brewing Co., Brock Masterson’s Catering & Events, Dewberry 1850/Marriott at University of Dayton, Nanette’s, Purely Sweet Bakery, and The Cakery. CONTRIBUTED
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Ringing in the Holidays: 6 things that make this Carillon event so special

For nearly a quarter century, the magic of the holiday season has come alive at Carillon Historical Park’s Ringing in the Holidays celebration. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Ringing in the Holidays benefits Dayton History in its mission to inspire generations by connecting them with the unique people, places, and events that changed Dayton and the world.

“Ringing in the Holidays was originally a smaller outdoor event held in front of Carillon Historical Park,” said Dayton History Director of Community Development Lauryn Bayliff. “While I was not there, I hear that inaugural event was very festive, but very cold. It is now held inside the Kettering Family Education Center, a building that did not even exist in the initial years of the event. A lot has changed since then. And it just keeps changing.”

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With the late October dedication of the 100-foot-tall Brethen Tower, topped by the historic Callahan Clock, Carillon Historical Park gave a nod to the iconic timepiece in the theming for this year’s event.

“Anchored on the west end of Carillon Historical Park, the restored Callahan Clock once again graces the Dayton skyline,” says Bayliff. “In celebration of its return, this year’s theme is ‘Countdown to Christmas,’ inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, complete with a Partridge in a Pear Tree Martini.”

Since 1994, the annual holiday gala has brought the community together. Not only does it support a great cause, but it is also the perfect way to, well, ring in the holidays. Here are six highlights of the 2018 event:

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Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert Contest is always a Ringing in the Holidays favorite. Guests sample offerings from Carillon Brewing Co., Brock Masterson’s Catering & Events, Dewberry 1850/Marriott at University of Dayton, Nanette’s, Purely Sweet Bakery, and The Cakery. CONTRIBUTED
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1. A Seasonal Sweet Tooth

Dayton’s Most Delightful Dessert Contest is always a Ringing in the Holidays favorite. Guests sample offerings from Carillon Brewing Co., Brock Masterson’s Catering & Events, Dewberry 1850/Marriott at University of Dayton, Nanette’s, Purely Sweet Bakery, and The Cakery. Winners receive the People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, and Best Presentation awards.

2. Rock Around the Clock

Todd the Fox brings his set of upbeat original music, stylized covers, old standards, and of course, holiday music, to Ringing in the Holidays.

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3. Gourmet Hors d’oeuvres

Elite Catering will be offering a gourmet hors d’oeuvres spread featuring a bruschetta antipasto display, sweet Southern corn bread topped with BBQ pulled pork, gourmet mac-n-cheese, shrimp and grits, mini sliced tenderloin sandwiches, roasted mixed potatoes, and more.

4. Callahan Clock Ornament

Laura Carter of Raise Your Brush has created Carillon Historical Park’s limited edition 2018 Callahan Clock ornament. This uniquely Dayton gift is sure to brighten any Christmas tree.

Ringing in the Holidays is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Carillon Historical Park, inside the Kettering Family Education Center. CONTRIBUTED
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5. Flip the Switch

The Silent Auction features unique packages and baskets including a private Carillon Historical Park Tavern Dinner for 15 people; a ride for two with complimentary champagne in the Houser Asphalt & Concrete Hot Air Balloon; Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade purses; and the opportunity to kick off A Carillon Christmas by flipping the switch on the Carillon Tree of Light on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.

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6. Winter Vacay

The Winter Getaway Raffle returns with a first prize Chicago Experience for Two, featuring two round-trip United Airline flights, a Frontera Grill certificate, and a one-night stay at the luxurious Thompson Chicago Hotel. The second prize Cincinnati Getaway includes two tickets to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a Salazar Restaurant gift certificate, and a one-night stay at the 21C Museum Hotel. Raffle tickets available at the Carillon Historical Park Museum Store or by calling 937-293-2841 Ext. 119. One chance for $10, six chances for $50.

WANT TO GO?

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Carillon Historical Park

Admission: Non-members: $85; Members: $75; Jingle Bell Patron: $250; Price includes all food & drink

Information: (937) 293-2841 Ext. 119, daytonhistory.org

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