Parks & Recreation
Recreation Events & Programs
**Save the Date**
City Open House & Vehicle Roundup
Wednesday, May 17 2023
Public Works & Police Building– 13700 Zanzibar Ln, Dayton
Bring the whole family and learn what your City departments have been up to while you enjoy games, prizes, food, fun, and more. The City Staff have also corralled several City vehicles & big trucks for kids to explore, and fresh grilled hotdogs will be served.
Summer Programs & Events
We are working on a new line-up for our Summer Programming! Stay tuned for details!
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:00p-8:00p Free, No Registration Required.
Add our “Haunted Graveyard” to your Trick-or-Treating route and hunt down a ghost guarding a snack-tivity bag. Capture the Gholden Ghoul and win bonus treats!
Holiday Light Fest
Holiday Light Fest Events
Magical Mailbox (Letters to Santa)
Monday, November 13-Wednesday, November 29
Starting November 13 through the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 29, there will be a magical mailbox outside Dayton City Hall that letters to Santa can be dropped in. Parental figures—please 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 that Santa might have missed, such as a nice thing they did around the house, an accomplishment at school, or something special they did for someone else.
Dayton Festive Light Trail
Register by Monday, November 27, 2023
Calling all Holiday Lighting Enthusiasts! Show off your outdoor holiday displays by registering them at www.cityofdaytonmn.com. All displays will be added to a list for families to drive by and enjoy the festive spirit of fellow residences in our community.
Tree Lighting Celebration
Thursday, November 30 | 5p-7p
Join us in front of Dayton City Hall at 5:00p for the kickoff to our Holiday Light Fest. The tree will be lit with the help of elves and a little bit of magic at approximately 5:30p.
Be sure to bring your letters addressed to Santa as Santa’s helpers 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 that night.
Holiday Light Parade
Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 5:30p start
The Holiday Light Parade is back for a 4th year and will be making the rounds to a neighborhood near you! Watch Facebook and the City website for announcements on 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.
Cookies & Cocoa with Claus
Come join us at the Dayton Activity Center for story time with 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 online under Activity Center Events page. Event is free, but donations accepted.