Dayton will, once again, become the Town That Still Believes as it hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas on Main Street, November 23 and 24. Dayton comes alive with glorious and joyful seasonal fun, reminiscent of a traditional small town Christmas.

The merriment begins on Friday at 9 am as shop owners open their doors – holiday specials abound, making it easy to find a special gift for everyone on your holiday list. Holiday characters strut up and down Main Street, befriending everyone with holiday cheer and Flour Mill Park twinkles with decorations and lights.

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Friday features the Lighted Parade on Main Street at 6 pm, followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony and festive fireworks, viewable right from Main Street. Shops and restaurants stay open late to satisfy folk’s shopping and palate cravings.

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Gingerbread house contest


Christmas Kickoff




Christmas Kickoff is the perfect way to spend your Thanksgiving Weekend. If you want to escape the teeming crowds at the malls and the never ending search for a parking spot while rediscovering the charms of the holidays – carolers strolling Main Street, bell jingling hayrides, the community Christmas tree, and quaint shops adorned with holiday cheer – then, come to Dayton on November 23 and 24.

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Included in all the activity is the Live Nativity that occurs twice on Friday, complete with Izzy the camel and other manger friends. Everyone is invited to take the Lighted Home Tour where travelers view gorgeously decorated homes from the shuttle, provided by Columbia Transportation, leaving from Elk Drug after the fireworks on Friday and at 7 pm on Saturday.