Parks & Recreation

Recreation Events & Programs

Summer Programs & Events

We are working on a new line-up for our Summer Programming!  Stay tuned for details! 

Ghost Hunt

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  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.