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This calendar is compiled by contributing writer Don Thrasher. This feature is published on the last Friday of each month.
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Ice Skating: Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 1-5 Sundays, 2:30-8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 2:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30-10 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Hours change after December 21. No registration required. $5 admission, $2 skate rental. All ages. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton: For more than two decades, people throughout the region have celebrated the Christmas season with a massive holiday display featuring more than 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges at Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton. 5 to 9 p.m. daily. The light display, which opened for the season on November 28, is open through New Year’s Day. Cost: $10, free for children 6 and younger. 937-767-5501 or www.cliftonmill.com.
Dec. 1-Jan. 2
Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display: The 42nd annual holiday Dayton Holiday Festival returns with this popular display at Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St., Dayton. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. 937-224-1518 or www.downtowndayton.org.
Wintergarden Wonderland Windows: The 42nd annual holiday Dayton Holiday Festival features the old holiday window display from Rike’s department store. The Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 937-224-1518 or www.downtowndayton.org.
Wright State University Chamber Orchestra: The ensemble presents a winter concert in Wright State’s Creative Arts Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 8 p.m. Free. 937-775-2500 or www.wright.edu.
Doktor Kaboom: The Science of Santa: The good doctor returns to town for an entertaining and educational look at the science behind flying reindeer and Santa’s trips down chimneys. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. $5 students and adults. One free adult admitted with the purchase of 10 student tickets. This program is for grades 2 through 8. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Wynonna: A Simpler Christmas: The Clark State Country Artist Series presents the five-time Grammy Award-winner in concert. Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 7:30 p.m. $40-$100 adults, $30-$90 for seniors, $25 students. 937-328-3874 or www.clarkstate.edu.
Angel Night: The fourth annual event returns to Calvary Cemetery, 1625 Calvary Dr., Dayton. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. 937-293-1221 or www.calvarycemeterydayton.org.
Kwanzaa Ceremony: Wright State University’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resource Center presents his event in WSU’s Student Union Atrium, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn. 6-9 p.m. Free. 937-775-5645 or www.wright.edu.
Miwa Matreyek: Fifth Third Bank Arts Night Out presents the multimedia performance artist. DAI’s Renaissance Auditorium. 8 p.m. $30 adults, $26 seniors. 937-223-4278 or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
RiffTrax presents “Santa Claus”: Mike Nelson and some of the former from Mystery Science Theater 3000, presents the film with live, simulcast comedic commentary for the holiday film from the 1950s. Dayton South 16, 195 Mall Woods Dr., Dayton. 8 p.m. $9.50 children, $11.50 adults. 937-435-1806 or www.cinemark.com.
“The Velveteen Rabbit”: Zoot Theatre Company presents a production of Margery Williams’ classic tale designed for grades K-6. Victoria Theatre. 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. $5 students and adults. One free adult admitted with the purchase of 10 student tickets. Ticket Center Stage.
St. Nick Night with Musica: Dayton’s Chamber Orchestra presents this Holiday Gala Fundraising Event at Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton. 7-9 p.m. $50 before Dec. 1. 937-619-9755 or www.musicadayton.org.
The 53rd annual Peppermint Ball: The Dayton Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Sorority presents this dinner and dance with music from Eddie Osborne. Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 7-11 p.m. $48. 937-266-1934 or www.daytonconventioncenter.com.
“Last Poet Standing”: The Signature: A Poetic Medley hosts this event featuring a host of Midwest talent. The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
“The Littlest Angel”: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents this holiday program in the University of Dayton’s Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, 300 College Park Dr., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 & 7:30 p.m. $25. Ticket Center Stage.
Star-Late Skate: Enjoy an evening in the ice rink then warm up at the outdoor fireplaces with hot chocolate from the food concession. Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 7 to 10 p.m. No registration required. $7. All ages. The Star-Late Skate runs weekends through Feb. 21. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.
Hometown Holidays: Singing sisters Adelee & Gentry Gates join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for this seasonal concert. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8 p.m. $23-$78. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
“Nunsense”: Dan Goggin’s irreverent musical comedy is presented in the Schuster Center’s 150-seat Mathile Theatre, Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Sarah Colonna: The best-selling author, actress stand-up comedian performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, in Beavercreek. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $20-$50 Friday and Saturday, $15-$45 Sunday. 937-429-LAFF (5233) or www.daytonfunnybone.com.
“Junie B. Jones”: Landmark Children’s Theatre Company presents this show for ages 4 and older. Town Hall Theatre, 27 N. Main St., Centerville. 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with a special 11 a.m. show on Dec, 13. $15 adults, $13 seniors and students, $10 children under 12. 937-433-8957 or www.washingtontwp.org.
Woodland Lights: The annual holiday display kicks off its 22nd season with a half-mile of lights and a month of activities. Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp. 6 to 9 nightly through Monday, Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. $3 on Nostalgia Nights and $7 on Festival Nights. Children 2 and under are always free. 937-433-0130 or www.washingtontwp.org.
A Rosewood Holiday Open House: This annual showcase features studio artists and instructors, the Art Ed gallery exhibition, the Pottery Bowl Fundraiser and America Recycles Day activities. Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Dr., Kettering. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 937-296-0294 or www.ketteringoh.org.
“Elf”: The Dayton Holiday Festival Family Movie Series presents this Will Ferrell comedy. The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Noon. $2 adults, free children 12 and younger. 937-222-7469.
“The Nutcracker”: South Dayton School of Dance presents the 21st annual holiday concert. Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 1 and 7 p.m. $25 adults, $15 children. 937-435-5052 or www.sddt.org.
Victorian Afternoon Tea: Enjoy an authentic 19th century Christmas tea, with a variety of breads, tea sandwiches and desserts at Patterson Homestead, 1815 Brown St., Dayton. 2-4 p.m. $20 Dayton History members, $25 non-members. Advance reservations required. Tea service is also offered on Dec. 7, 13 and 14. 937-222-9724 or www.daytonhistory.org.
Magical Moments: The Gem City Chorus of Sweet Adelines presents a pair of holiday concerts with special guests the Kentucky Vocal Union. Fairmont High School, 3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering. 2 & 7 p.m. $15 general admission, $20 reserved seats, $10 students. 937-433-1014 or www.gemcitychorus.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The band, presenting “The Christmas Attic” on tour for the first time, performs at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 3 & 8 p.m. $36, $50.50, $60.50, $70.50. 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com.
Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration: The 25th annual event is presented at Sinclair Community College, Building 8, 444 W. Third St., Dayton. 5-8:30 p.m. Free. 937-512-2889 or www.sinclair.edu.
“Joyful Jazz”: Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6 p.m. $15. 937-223-7285 or www.westminsterdayton.org.
Christmas Feast: Tavern Dinner Series presents this holiday event at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 6-9:30 p.m. $45 members, $50 nonmembers. 937-293-2841 or www.daytonhistory.org.
John Oliver: The star of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” performs live at Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus. 8 p.m. $39.50. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Eric Zadan Quartet: The local jazz group performs with Andy Rush. Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton. 9 p.m. $8. 937-228-8414 or www.gillysjazz.com.
Chicago ArtTrek: David Bowie Is: Dayton Art Institute hosts this trip, which includes a visit to this exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, evening activities and an overnight stay at the Palmer House Hilton. The trip departs from DAI at 6 a.m. Saturday. Members $495 double, $589 single, non-members $545 double, $639 single. Registration deadline is October 29.
Christkindlmarkt: Shop for holiday items with German flair during this annual Christmas Bazaar. Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. www.daytongermanclub.org.
Dec. 6-Feb. 22
“Painting Ohio Prairies”: The 2014 Ohio Plein Air Society Exhibition is on display at Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $5 nonmembers, free for museum members and children under 17. 937-325-4673 or www.springfieldart.museum.
Dayton Music Club: The Afternoon Musicales presents this Junior Honors Concert. Dayton Art Institute, NCR Renaissance Auditorium, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. 2 p.m. Free. 937-223-4278 or www.daytonartinstitute.org.
Holiday movie double feature: “A Christmas Carol” (1938) and “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945), Dayton South 16, 195 Mall Woods Dr., Dayton. 2 and 7 p.m. $7.75 matinee (all seats), evening $7.75 children and seniors, $10.75 adults. 937-435-1806 or www.cinemark.com.
Hometown Holidays in Troy: Singing sisters Adelee & Gentry Gates join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for this seasonal concert at Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 3 p.m. $14, $26, $44, $62. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.
The Casuals: Enjoy an evening of polkas, waltzes and more. American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. 3-7 p.m. $14. 937-287-4275, 937-890-2367 or www.accdayton.com.
Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: The group presents its annual holiday concert at the Schuster Center. 3 p.m. $8. 937-224-3521 or www.daytonperformingarts.org.
“Sweet Sounds of the Holidays”: Bach Society of Dayton’s 2014-15 season, “Music, The Universal Language,” continues with this seasonal concert. Kettering Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering. 4 p.m. The season continues with “Mozart’s Vienna: An All-Mozart Concert” on March 8 and “South American Accents” on May 10. $18 adults, $10 teens 13 and older, and free children 12 and younger. 937-294-2224 or www.bachsocietyofdayton.org.
Dayton Area Harp Ensemble: The local group presents its annual Holiday Extravaganza Concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 101 E. National Road, Vandalia. 4-5 p.m. Free. 937-376-4608.
Viva la Strings: The local group presents a series of Sunday afternoon concerts. Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton. 4-7 p.m. Free. The performances are also offered December 14 and 21. 937-224-7822 or www.dubpub.com.
Mid-Day Arts Café: Victoria Theatre Association’s ongoing lunchtime series devoted to local arts groups presents an installment on Muse Machine’s annual Musical Preview. The Schuster Center’s Wintergarden. Noon to 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. The $15 admission includes a complete box lunch from Citilites Restaurant & Bar. Ticket Center Stage.
The Irish Tenors: The popular vocal group presents The Premiere Irish Holiday Celebration Tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m. $35-$72. 513-621-ARTS (2787) or www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Gallery Talk: Susanne Scherette King discusses her current exhibition, “Narrative.” Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. 6:15 p.m. Free. 937-224-3822 or www.daytonvisualarts.org.
Marc Ryan: The stand-up comic is also known for his hosting duties on “Smoked” on Destination America and “Marc and Todd’s Crazy Clips” on the Outdoor Channel. Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $12 Thursday, $15 Friday and Saturday. 937-224-5653 or www.wileyscomedy.com.
Madrigal Dinner: Wright State University hosts its annual medieval holiday feast. Student Union, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 7-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Sunday. $35-$50. 937-775-5544 or www.wright.edu.
“The Nutcracker”: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra joins Dayton Ballet for its annual holiday show. Schuster Center. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and a special 4:30 p.m. show on Monday, Dec. 22. $17-$72. Discounts available for seniors 60 and older, students, military and educators. Ticket Center Stage.
Miamisburg Holiday Parade and Street Fair: Holiday Movies is the theme of this annual event, which feature more than 60 decorated units. Main Street, Miamisburg. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 937-866-8999 or www.playmiamisburg.com.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol”: The Dayton Holiday Festival Family Movie Series presents the 1992 family film. The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Noon. $2 adults, free children 12 and younger. 937-222-7469.
Santa Pub Crawl: The 10th annual benefit for Toys for Tots starts at Dublin Pub at 5:30 p.m. and moves through the Oregon District with stops at Trolley Stop, Blind Bob’s, Tumbleweed Connection, Oregon Express and Ned Pepper’s. Bring an unwrapped $10 toy. Prizes awarded for best costumes. www.downtowndayton.org.
Wind Symphony Concert: Guest trumpet artist Allen Vizzutti joins the ensemble. Sinclair Community College, Blair Hall Theatre, Bldg. 2, 444 W. Third St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Free. 937-512-2753 or www.sinclair.edu.
Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group presents its Happy Hour Tour. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. $24.50, $65. 513-621-ARTS (2787) or www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Benefit for Dayton Concours & Dayton History: The automotive fine arts fundraiser for the annual car show. Carillon Brewing Company, Carillon Park, 1-4 p.m. Free. 937-293-2841 or www.daytonhistory.org.
Kettering Children’s Choir: KCC’s Chorus, Chorale, Concert Choir and A Cappella groups present its annual “Celebrate! Community Holiday Concert.” Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering. 2 and 4 p.m. Free. 937-296-3224.
Christmas Polka Dance: This concert, which features live music by Duane Malinowski from Toledo, is a benefit for the needy. Polish Club Hall, 1470 Valley St., Dayton. 3-7 p.m. $13 per person. Under 17 admitted free with paying adult. Please bring nonperishable food items. 937-256-4424.
Silver Anniversary Holiday Celebration: Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents this 25th anniversary holiday concert. Centerville High School Performing Arts Center, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. 3 p.m. $10 students/seniors, $14 adults. 937-530-0515 or www.mvso.org.
Dec. 14 & 21
The Sugarplum Tea: The Dayton Ballet Barre presents this children’s event at the Boston Stoker, 34 W. Second St., Dayton. 1 p.m. $10. Ticket Center Stage.
Dave & Jimmy’s Jingle Ball: Fall Out Boy, The 1975 and Echosmith. Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., Columbus. 5 p.m. $45. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel: The new band from the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton. 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 937-813-4272 or www.oddbodys.com.
Beer & Peanuts Shopping Party: The annual tie to Dayton Visual Arts Center’s ARTtoBUY Holiday Gift Gallery returns to DVAC, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. 5-8 p.m. Free. 937-224-3822 or www.daytonvisualarts.org.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: Gina Kleesattel directs the stage version of this holiday classic from Charles M. Schulz. Sinclair Community College, Blair Hall Theatre, Bldg. 2, 444 W. Third St., Dayton. Noon Wednesday, 10 a.m. Thursday, noon and 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. $8. 937-512-2808 or www.sinclair.edu.
“The Nutcracker”: Ohio Performing Arts Center presents the 25th annual holiday performance. Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 8 p.m. 937-328-3874 or www.clarkstate.edu.
“The Bishop’s Wife”: The Dayton Holiday Festival Family Movie Series presents this 1947 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant. The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Noon. $2 adults, free children 12 and younger. 937-222-7469.
“Home for Christmas”: The Dayton Dance Workshop presents a holiday concert at Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $12 adults, $8 youth. www.thedaytonworkshop.org.
Forte Band: The local group presents a tribute to Bobby Womack. Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 937-228-8414 or www.gillysjazz.com.
Over the Rhine Holiday Homecoming: WNKU presents the Cincinnati band in concert at Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. 8 p.m. $37.50 in advance, $39.50 at the door. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.
“Handel’s Messiah”: The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. 6:30 p.m. $29. Ticket Center Stage.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: Ohio native Chip Davis brings his multimedia holiday show to Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus. 7:30 p.m. $38-$88. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Christmas skating: Celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursday. No registration required. $5 admission, $2 skate rental. All ages. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.
Kwanzaa Celebration: African American Cross-Cultural Works presents this annual community pot-luck feast. John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs. 5-7 p.m. Free. www.yellowspringsohio.org.
HoliDayton 2014: Local rockers The Story Changes hosts its 12th holiday showcase featuring Sleep Fleet, the 1984 Draft, the New Old-Fashioned and others. Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 8 p.m. $8. 937-938-6405 or www.blindbobs.com.
Relax + Rebalance: This monthly class offers restorative yoga, aromatherapy and Reiki. Practice Yoga on Fifth, 504 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 3-5 p.m. $35. Preregistration required. 937-321-7676 or www.practiceyogadayton.com.
Jeff Dye: Ring in the New Year with a little laughter courtesy of this stand-up comedian cast member of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. $12 Monday and Tuesday, $25 Wednesday early show, $40 Wednesday late show. 937-224-5653 or www.wileyscomedy.com.
Harlem Globetrotters: The beloved basketball squad returns to the Nutter Center, Fairborn. 2 p.m. $26-$58, plus $66 VIP and $106 courtside. 937-775-3498 or www.nuttercenter.com.
Frank Moravcik Band: Ring in the New Year during this dinner dance at the American Czechoslovakian Club, 922 Valley St., Dayton. 7 p.m. $14. 937-287-4275, 937-890-2367 or www.accdayton.com.
The Werks: The Dayton-based jam band rings in the New Year with special guests Ekoostik Hookah and Mike Perkins. Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., Columbus. 7 p.m. $29.35. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve: Classical Destinations”: Dancers from Dayton Ballet join Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre. 8 p.m. $19-$69. Ticket Center Stage.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve skate: Ring in 2015 on the ice with family and friends. Riverscape MetroPark Ice Rink, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. No registration required. $5 admission, $2 skate rental. All ages. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.