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Holiday Light Fest

Magical Mailbox (Letters to Santa)

Monday, November 21 – Friday, December 9

The Magical Mailbox is back in front of Dayton City Hall! Drop your Letters to Santa off now until the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 9. Feel free to use Santa’s special stationary that can be found in a box on City Hall front window.
Adult Helpersplease make sure that your child’s envelope is addressed with their full name and address so that it is delivered to the correct house. It is also helpful if you tuck a note in with anything else that Santa should know–such as a nice thing they did around the house, an accomplishment at school, or something special they did for someone else.

Seasonal Soup Social Series

11a-1p | Nov 16, Dec 7, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15

$5 Suggested Donation

Join us for a soup-er luncheon series at the Dayton Activity Center!   Stay tuned for menu information coming soon!


Holiday Light Parade

Thursday, December 8  |  5:30p start

The Holiday Light Parade is back for a third year and will be making the rounds to a neighborhood near you!  Watch Facebook and here on the City website for route and approximate arrival times to different locations around the City.  It is a perfect chance for bonfires, s’mores, and gathering with your neighbors to watch as the parade goes by.

Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, December 9 | 5p-7p

Join us on Friday, December 9th in front of Dayton City Hall at 5:00 p.m. for our Tree Lighting Celebration!  There will be bonfires, s’mores, food trucks, magical elves, crafts, and more.

Be sure to bring your letters addressed to Santa as the elves will be collecting letters and taking them back to the North Pole that night. Don’t worry if you forgot to write your letter, we will have special stationary available to write a note.

Cookies & Cocoa with Claus

Saturday, December 10 | 3:00p-5:00p

Come join us at the Dayton Activity Center on Saturday, December 10th for story time with Santa. Doors open at 3:00p with story times at 3:15p or 4:15p (please register for only one). While waiting for Santa, we will also be enjoying cookies, hot cocoa, and crafts. Santa will be available for photos after story time is over. Registration is required. Event is free, but cash donations are accepted ($5/person suggested).

Register here: Book online

Dayton Festive Light Trail

Register by Sunday, December 4

Calling all Holiday Lighting Enthusiasts!  Show off your outdoor holiday displays by registering them in the contact form below.  All displays will be added to a list for families to drive by and enjoy the festive  spirit of fellow residences in our community.  The list will be compiled and made available at the Tree Lighting on Friday, December 9.  It will be available on the website as well as printed copies at City Hall starting Monday, December 12.

Dayton Festive Light Trail Registration Form

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Upcoming and Previous Events

Glow Egg-Stravaganza

Thank you to everyone who “Hopped” into our 2022 Glow Egg-Stravaganza!

Special Thanks to A Touch of Magic Entertainment for making our event egg-stra special!

Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt

Monday, October 31, 2022


Free, No Registration Required.

Add the Dayton Activity Center to your Trick-or-Treating route and hunt down a ghost guarding a snack-tivity bag in our haunted front yard.  Capture the Gholden Ghoul and win bonus treats!