<b>The can’t-miss kickoff for your holiday season</b>

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If you've already started mapping your plans for the Christmas lights on your house and looking up the best egg nog recipes, we have the perfect way for you to jump-start the holiday season. Bundle up the family and bring everyone out to the Park at Austin Landing (10400 Innovation Drive) for a day of holiday fun at the Kettering Physician Network Winter Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11. (Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 12.)

Santa’s arrival this year is going to be a very special one -- be sure to have the little ones there early so you don’t miss Santa’s big entrance at 6 p.m. Stick around for the highlight of the evening, the Kettering Physician Network Christmas Tree Lighting. Nothing beats that feeling of seeing a beautiful Christmas tree light up for the first time during a holiday season!

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Be sure to catch the musical performance from a cappella group Vocalight and watch the holiday dance routine from the Jeanie Moreland Dancers. There will be free face painting, photo booths and Christmas cookies and other treats, courtesy of Kettering Physician Network. Be sure to grab a selfie with Ranger Vic, while you're at it, and purchase a cup of hot cocoa from the folks at Hilton Garden Inn. Bring your chairs and blankets with you, too, because you won't want to miss the Christmas movie in the Park, featuring "The Polar Express," at 7 p.m.

While the evening is sure to be the best part of the day, you should plan to come to Austin Landing early for the Winter Market, which opens at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. You can buy handcrafted and seasonal items, winter apparel, and holiday-themed baked goods from local, Dayton-area vendors. Most of the vendors sold out last year, so that makes an early arrival even more important. You can enjoy brunch at Elé Bistro or Another Broken Egg after you've selected gifts for everyone on your list.

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The Winter Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a great way to get the holidays started right, so you should bring the whole family and plan to spend the day. Click here to view the complete schedule for the day. Everyone is sure to love the lights at Austin Landing, so make sure you're there to kick off a great holiday season.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Kettering Physician Network Winter Market and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHERE: The Park at Austin Landing, 10400 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11 (rain date: Sunday, Nov. 12) | Winter Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Santa arrival, 6 p.m.; Christmas tree lighting, 6:30 p.m.

COST: FREE

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