There’s a nip in the air, the leaves are just starting to change, and our thoughts are turning toward turkey! That’s right—fall is here again, which means it’s time to start planning for the holidays and attempting to answer that age-old question: When your whole family comes over for Thanksgiving, how do you keep them from getting bored? Fortunately, there are plenty of holiday happenings to enjoy in the Dayton area. 

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A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering

On November 11th and 12th in Tipp City, you can start your holiday shopping by stepping back in time. Every year, the Tipp City Business District kicks off the busy season with costumed carolers and horse-drawn carriages. You can take in the sights for free, but unfortunately, you can’t pay 1880s prices for your presents. Bah-humbug.

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Wooster Window Wonderland

If you drive your Honda out to Wooster in the days before November 17, you might think all the shops are closed—but they’re only shuttered up so that they can design their holiday window displays in secret. See the unveiling between 7:00 and 9:30 PM on the 17th, and while you’re there, catch the tree lighting, petting zoo, carriage rides, children’s choir, and a special appearance from Santa Claus. 

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Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

This local holiday parade is perfect for fans of horses, parades, or alliteration. On November 18th, starting at 7 PM, more than 50 horse-drawn carriages will march up, down, and along Broadway Street in Greenville. Admission is free, so bring the whole family.

 Check their Facebook page for more event details.

Christmas in Historic Springboro

From November 18th to 19th, see Springboro in winter. The town’s annual holiday blowout is beloved for its camel and horse rides, 5k race, and parade. If you’re interested in entering a vehicle in the parade, you can follow the instructions here. The theme is “All Aboard the Polar Express,” so make sure you’re decking your car’s halls!

The Dayton Holiday Festival

The day after Thanksgiving, head down to Courtyard Square in Dayton, OH to see the tree lighting and admire the nighttime children’s parade. There will also be a gingerbread house decorating contest in the courthouse. Admission is free as are the gorgeous sights.

Read more about this Dayton tradition here.

Miamisburg Turkey Trot

On the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 23rd), work off some of those mashed potatoes with a 5-mile race or one-miler. The Miamisburg Turkey Trot will even host a costume contest for those who feel like doing the race in a Thanksgiving-themed outfit. Registration costs $30 before November 10th, and $35 thereafter, with a $5 discount for children under 15.

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A Feast of Giving

If yours is the kind of family that volunteers on Thanksgiving, go down to the Dayton Convention Center between 11 AM and 2 PM for the largest charity dinner in the area. The event is hosted by Fox 45 and is a long-standing tradition.

For further details, check out their website.

Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live

If you were too young to attend The Band’s famous 1976 Thanksgiving concert, The Last Waltz, or if you just couldn’t get a ticket, don’t worry! Thirty local musicians are recreating it at the Dayton Art Institute on November 22nd and 24th. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $30 for premium seating. All proceeds go to WYSO Public Radio and the DAI.

Don’t miss out on this reimagined take on a classic. Grab your tickets here.

Happy Holidays from Our Miami Valley Honda Dealers

Wherever you go, get there in a Honda! Find your nearest Honda dealership near Dayton today to test drive any of our new Honda models, including the Accord, Civic, or CR-V. We also have special holiday Honda deals available when you lease or finance a new vehicle, so be sure to ask your Dayton or Springfield Honda dealer for more details.

Have a gobble-rific Thanksgiving!