6 of the best holiday events in Dayton -- for adults

  • Jim Ingram
6:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 What To Do
Hundreds filled the bars of Fifth Street decked out in red and green, jingle bells and holiday lights, enjoying drink specials and a rollicking costume contest for the 10th annual Santa Pub Crawl on Dec. 12, 2015. The Pub Crawl, organized by Gem City Podcast, benefited the Marines Toys For Tots Foundation campaign. VIVIENE MACHI / STAFF

We always hear things like, "the holidays are for the children" and "nothing beats the holiday wonder in a child's eyes." Well, bump that. 

I love this time of year, too. I want to act like a child while still being an adult. 

With that in mind, I offer you these holiday-themed events more geared to us bigger kids (adults).

DEC. 2

WHAT: Silent Disco Pub Crawl

WHERE: Oregon District, Dayton

WHEN: 7 p.m.

ABOUT: It's a trend starting to catch on nationwide. Essentially, you're partying with headphones where you choose the music channel you want. You can find more about silent disco here.

COST: $5 (you can register here, but you must bring proper I.D.)

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DEC. 2-3

WHAT: Handmade Holidays

WHERE: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E 4th St, Dayton

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3

ABOUT: More than 30 artists will be on site, giving you the opportunity to give that one-of-a-kind gift this year. Food available for purchase by Smoking Bee-Bee-Cue.


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Heather Lea-Read and her daughter, Goji Lea Reid sell their goods at Handmade Holiday Dayton's annual all-local market at St. Clair Lofts in downtown Dayton Saturday Dec. 3, 2011. STAFF PHOTO JIM NOELKER

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DEC. 4

WHAT: Ice Skating Lessons

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 237 E Monument Ave., Dayton

WHEN: 12 p.m.

ABOUT: This is the adult session. So it's just us grownups slipping and sliding all over the ice for a half hour.

COST: $50 (includes skate rental and lessons)

You may not be this graceful on the ice, but Riverscape MetroPark can get you on your way.

DEC. 10

WHAT: Oregon District Santa Pub Crawl

WHERE: Oregon District (duh!)

WHEN: 5 p.m.

ABOUT: Simply bring an unwrapped $10 child's toy or a $10 donation for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots campaign and get a passport to enter each participating bar free of charge. Get your passport stamped by all the bars and enter to win door prizes. Registration begins at 5 p.m. at The Dublin Pub and Oregon Express. A costume contest will be held at Blind Bob's.

COST: $10

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DEC. 16

WHAT: Bach's Lunch by the Dayton Philharmonic

WHERE: The Loft Theatre (126 N Main St., Dayton)

WHEN: 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

ABOUT: The Carillon Brass shall perform an eclectic repertoire, including jazz standards, brass-specific compositions, transcribed concert music and traditional holiday favorites. Boxed lunches will be available for $6 from Boston's Bistro for the noon performance.


DEC. 17

WHAT: Hip Hop Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

WHERE: Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. Saint Clair St., Dayton

WHEN: 4-8 p.m.

ABOUT: Free food and games will be happening while a DJ spins some of your favorite hip hop jams from back in the day. This event is for adults only. No doubt you'll hear the song below.

COST: FREE (cupcakes available for purchase)