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.