The can’t-miss kickoff for your holiday season

Don't miss Santa's arrival at 5:30 p.m.!
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Don't miss Santa's arrival at 5:30 p.m.!

Credit: Austin Landing

Credit: Austin Landing

If you've already started mapping your plans for the Christmas lights on your house and looking up the best egg nog recipes, we have the perfect way for you to jump-start the holiday season. Bundle up the family and bring everyone out for a day of holiday fun at Christmas at Austin Landing and Winter Market on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Bring your little ones out to see Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m., then stick around for the highlight of the evening – the Kettering Physician Network Christmas Tree Lighting. Nothing beats that feeling of seeing a beautiful Christmas tree light up for the first time during a holiday season! You’ll also be able to enjoy music from carolers and a traditional horn band, performing the classic holiday music we all love.

In addition to the requisite picture with Santa, Ranger Vic and other costumed characters will be on hand for photo opportunities. Your kids also can have fun with face-painting and free cookies, courtesy of Kettering Physician Network.

Make sure you catch the Jeanie Moreland Dancers when they perform during the tree lighting. Friends from the nearby Hilton Garden Inn will be selling delicious hot cocoa, and there will be cheesecake bites available from Firebirds Restaurant.

While the evening is sure to be the best part of the day, you should plan to come to Austin Landing early for the Winter Market, which opens at 10 a.m. and runs all day long. You can buy handcrafted and seasonal items, winter apparel, and holiday-themed baked goods from local, Dayton-area vendors. Most of the vendors sold out last year, so that makes an early arrival even more important. You can enjoy brunch at Ele Bistro or Another Broken Egg after you’ve selected gifts for everyone on your list.

When you visit Austin Landing, be sure to bring with you an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Your contribution can help bring a smile and some joy to a child in need this Christmas.

Christmas at Austin Landing and Winter Market is a great way to get the holidays started right, so you should bring the whole family and spend the day. Click here to view the complete schedule for the day. Everyone is sure to love the lights at Austin Landing, so make sure you're there to kick off a great holiday season.