A Carillon Christmas

Days Until Christmas

A Carillon Christmas


Event Details
November 23 – December 30, 2021*
5:00pm – 9:00pm

at Carillon Historical Park

* Closed Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

$12 per adult (ages 18-59)
$10 per senior (ages 60+)
$8 per child (ages 3-17)
Free to children under 3
FREE to Dayton History Members!

No Member Reservations Required.

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 Claus
Candy Cane Slopes
Letters to Santa
Deeds Carillon Christmas Concerts
Carillon Christmas Café
Roundhouse Café in the Transportation Center
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Puppet Show
Carillon Card Co. in the 1930s Print Shop
Model Train Displays
Museum Store Shopping
15 miles of Christmas Lights
Morris and Hetzel Bakery
Gristmill Christmas Village
Carillon Brewing Co.

… and more!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

Join us for these special programs and watch as Carillon Park comes alive with your favorite holiday traditions! All locations have been marked with a holiday icon on your map and they are open between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Visit with Santa
Through Dec. 23rd

Did you know that Dayton was home to over a dozen automobile manufacturers in the early twentieth century? See Santa in our replica car dealership, Dayton Sales, where he is ready to visit with children and adults alike, from a safe distance. Bring your own camera to take a commemorative photo.

Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa in Newcom Tavern (Est. 1796), Dayton’s oldest standing structure. It contains the original Van Cleve cabinet which served as Dayton’s first post office.

Wright Brothers National Museum

John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers National Museum, including Wright Cycle Company and Wright Hall, tells the world changing story of the Wright brothers and showcases their original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane and a National Historic Landmark. The Museum is a privately owned and operated unit of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Morris & Hetzel Bakery

Learn about historic hearth cooking with our costumed interpreters. Purchase a homemade gingerbread cookie and a cone of roasted chestnuts in the Morris & Hetzel Bakery.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Shadow Puppet Show Every half hour, starting at 5:30pm Enjoy a Christmas-themed shadow puppet show based on The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1838) by Hans Christian Andersen. This adaptation of the popular nineteenth century fairy tale is fittingly staged in our one-room schoolhouse, where students enjoyed similar performances a century ago.

Carillon Card Company

Visit our Print Shop, the only complete 1930s letterpress job shop operating in a museum in the nation. The equipment in this shop was typical during an era when Dayton was home to 77 printing companies.

Holiday Shopping

Whether you are looking for something Dayton related or holiday themed, you’ve come to the right place for Christmas shopping! Visit our Museum Store locations in the Kettering Family Education Center and under the Canal Superintendent’s Office to find the perfect gift!

Carillon Christmas Café

Donuts, Pretzels, Ice Cream,
Hot Drinks, and more!

Roundhouse Café

Popcorn, Cookies,
Hot Drinks, and more!

Carillon Brewing Co.
Are you looking for a full meal? Visit the Carillon Brewing Co. for delicious fare, including our own historically-crafted beer.

1. Carillon Tree of Light
Deeds Carillon has again been crowned with 20,000 light bulbs to create the marvelous Tree of Light, a spectacular addition to the Dayton skyline.

2. Model Train Display
Enjoy a Christmas model train presented by the Miami Valley Garden Railway Society.

3. Candy Cane Slopes
Descend through an epic lighting display of candy cane trees. Make sure you enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the Moraine.

4. Gristmill Christmas Village
Enjoy the twinkling lights of a miniature Christmas village through the window of our replica Gristmill.

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Specialty Christmas concessions are available daily at different locations throughout Carillon Park during A Carillon Christmas, November 23rd through December 30th. Of course, the Carillon Brewing Co. is serving food every day from 11:00am to 9:00pm all year long!

Culp's Christmas Café

Carillon Christmas Café

Enjoy Donuts, Pretzels, Ice Cream, Cookies, Hot Chocolate, & 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

Are advance reservations required?

Yes! All guests are required to make a reservation in advance. Please reserve a specific time of arrival for your group and do your best to arrive during that 30-minute window of time.

Are advance reservations required for Dayton History members?

If you are a Dayton History member, you are not required to make reservations for anyone covered on your membership between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17. Please do reserve a time for any guests that you may be bringing. Reservations may still be required for members between Dec. 18 and Dec. 30.

Are masks required?

We are requiring everyone to wear masks covering noses and mouths at all times while at the Park, whether indoors or outdoors, to help ensure the safety of all guests, volunteers and staff. The unique blend of popular indoor and outdoor spaces necessitates this practice.

You may remove your mask while actively eating and drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing. Exceptions are made for medical or mental health conditions, development disabilities, or for those unable to remove a mask without assistance. Children under 6 years of age are also exempt from this ordinance.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive within the 30-minute window of your reservation confirmation. If you are early, please wait in your car until your scheduled entry time.

Where is the Kettering Family Education Center?

The Kettering Family Education Center is the gateway to Carillon Historical Park. The main entry is located underneath a portico. A flagpole is located directly in front of it.

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 24 when it will begin following the illumination of the Carillon Tree of Light.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed at Carillon Historical Park. If you have a service animal, please make sure they are wearing proper identification.

Are wheelchairs or electric scooters available?

A small number of wheelchairs are available to guests to check out from our admission desk. We do not offer electric scooters.

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.