A Carillon Christmas

A Carillon Christmas

Days Until Christmas


Event Details
November 28 – December 30, 2018*

Daily, 5:00pm – 10:00pm at
Carillon Historical Park

Midnight Express Train Rides cancelled 12/29 & 12/30
due to low temperatures

* Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

$8 per adult (ages 18-59)
$7 per senior (ages 60+)
$5 per child (ages 3-17)
Free to children under 3
FREE to Dayton History Members!

Dayton’s newest holiday tradition!

Join us for A Carillon Christmas to see Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic, and holiday cheer!


The Carillon Tree of Light
Santa’s Toy Shop
The Carillon Carolers
Candy Cane Slopes
Letters to Santa
Deeds Carillon Christmas Concerts
Huffy Bike Raffle
Culp’s Christmas Café
Train Rides on the Midnight Express
Roundhouse Café in the Transportation Center
The Tailor of Gloucester Puppet Show
Carillon Card Co. in the 1930s Print Shop
Model Train Displays
Museum Store Shopping
15 miles of Christmas Lights
Main Street Wagon Rides
Morris and Hetzel Bakery
Gristmill Christmas Village
Carillon Brewing Co.

… and more!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

The Carillon Tree of Light

The Carillon Tree of Light

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00pm

A Carillon Christmas will begin on November 29th with the illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light, Ohio’s tallest tree of light. Join us as this remarkable light display dazzles the Dayton skyline for its third year. The lighting will kick off a month of holiday festivities at Carillon Historical Park!

The Carillon Tree of Light stands at 200 feet, affixed to the top of 151 foot tall Deeds Carillon that was dedicated in 1942 by Col. Edward A. and Mrs. Edith Walton Deeds as a gift to the Dayton community. The first concert played on the Carillon took place on Christmas Eve, 1941, just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Tree consists of over 20,000 light bulbs on nearly 100 separate strands that come to life each night at dusk and blaze through until dawn for the entire month of December. The Tree of Light was made possible with the support of Connie and John Taylor.

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

These festive holiday activities will all be available during A Carillon Christmas, November 29th through December 30th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, unless otherwise noted. We hope you will join us for an evening of holiday fun!

Included Activities
Photos with Santa Claus (6pm-9pm), through 12/23

Historic Hearth Cooking Demonstrations

Puppet Shows, 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Victorian Carolers

Print Shop Demonstrations

Letters to Santa

Model Train Display

Additional Activities
The Midnight Express Train Ride (6pm-9pm),
weather permitting – $1/per person

Main Street Wagon Ride (6pm-9pm),
weather permitting – $1/per person

Carousel of Dayton Innovation Ride – $1/per person

Upgrade your Family or Grandparent Membership to the Carousel level for just $25! Includes FREE Carousel Rides for the whole family all year!

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Specialty Christmas concessions are available daily at different locations throughout Carillon Park during A Carillon Christmas, November 29th through December 30th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Of course, the Carillon Brewing Co. is serving food every day from 11:00am to 9:00pm all year long!

Culp's Christmas Café

Culp’s Christmas Café

Enjoy Soft Pretzels, Peppermint Swirls, Hot Dogs, Hard Cider, Beer & More! Counter service and outdoor seating available!

Transportation Center

Transportation Center

Fresh Popcorn, Hot Cocoa, & More! Grab a snack and drink to take with you as you walk through the park.

Morris House

Morris House

Gingerbread Cookies, Hot Cider, & Hot Fresh Chestnuts! All prepared before your eyes using historic cooking techniques!

Carillon Brewing Co.

Carillon Brewing Co.

Looking for a full-service dinner? Visit the Carillon Brewing Co., located right outside the main entrance to Carillon Historical Park. To learn more about our house brewed beers and to see our full menu, please visit www.carillonbrewingco.org.

Tips and FAQs

Tips and FAQs

What should I wear?

Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre campus with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Keep an eye on the weather to plan your wardrobe!

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

During A Carillon Christmas, carry-in coolers, food items, or drinks are not permitted. We will have a variety of holiday treats available at our vending stations or you can dine at the Carillon Brewing Co.!

Can I come to the Park before 5:00pm?

Yes! Carillon Historical Park will remain open for our regular day-time hours beginning at 9:30am Monday through Saturday and 12:00pm on Sunday. You are welcome to enjoy the whole day at the Park, including A Carillon Christmas, until 10pm. You will not need to leave and re-enter the park due to A Carillon Christmas.

Admission prices for A Carillon Christmas are the same as our regular admission.

Where can I park? How much does it cost?

FREE parking is available on the Carillon Historical Park campus.

When do lights and holiday programming start?

All A Carillon Christmas programming will begin at 5:00pm, excluding November 30 when it will begin following the 5:30pm illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light.

Which night(s) have the most activities?

All programs will remain consistent throughout the entire month. You will be able to participate in the same holiday activities every day of the week.

Do you take credit and debit cards?

Several of our food and activity locations require cash. There is an ATM located in the lobby of the Kettering Family Education Center, but it is advised that you bring some cash for food and activity purchases. We do accept credit/debit cards in the Museum Store for the purchase of admissions, memberships, and all store merchandise, and at Culp’s Christmas Café for food purchases