Wintergarden Wonderland

November 27, 2015 – December 29, 2015
Schuster Center Wintergarden Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and during private functions. Please call (937) 228-7591 to confirm hours.

Join us for a Dayton holiday tradition: Wintergarden Wonderland!

Free activities are offered throughout the holiday season. First, the whole family can enjoy the Rike’s Wonderland Windows in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943, but many Daytonians remember them from their annual holiday pilgrimage to the Rike’s Department Store which sat on the corner of Second and Main Streets (where the Schuster Center now sits). Then, the little ones can visit Santa and shop for holiday gifts at The Tike’s Shoppe!

Schuster Center Wintergarden
November 27, 2015 – December 29, 2015
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Wonderland Windows are available to view every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. However, they will be closed during the times below:

Thursday, Nov. 26: Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 1:
Thursday, Dec. 3: Closed
Friday, Dec. 4: Opens at Noon
Monday, Dec. 7: Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 8: Closed
Thursday, Dec. 10: Closed
Wednesday, Dec. 16: Closed
Thursday, Dec. 24: Closed
Friday, Dec. 25: Closed

While visiting the Rike’s Wonderland Windows at the Schuster Center this season, be sure to participate in the “Santa’s Secret” contest. Santa and his magical team of crafty reindeer made a special stop at the Schuster Center to check in on the elves’ progress. To find “Santa’s Secret,” look for the common object hidden in each window box. You and your family can play detectives to solve this holiday mystery. Once you’ve solved it, fill out an entry form and drop it into the entry box!  The winning entry will receive a family four-pack of tickets for the rest of the Morris Family Series 2015-2016 Season! Be sure to check our Facebook page after January 5, 2016 to see if you won.

Here’s a clue:  The common thread always relates to Dayton! Children are encouraged to enter.

Santa’s Secret? Pop tops (or pull-top or push-in and fold-back tabs) patented by Ermal Fraze! Learn more about his invention at Ohio History Central and The New York Times.

We’re collecting stuffed animals for the following community partners this holiday season: Artemis Center, Daybreak, St. Vincent de Paul, and the YWCA. Look for the donation barrels in the Wintergarden at the Ludlow St. entrance and in the Palm Grove, as well as the lobby of the Victoria Theatre. ALL DONATIONS MUST BE NEW WITH TAGS ATTACHED! Donations will be accepted now through Friday, December 11. For more information please contact Elaine Stoughton, Education & Engagement Coordinator, at 937-228-7591, ext. 3039. Thank you for helping bring some holiday cheer to children in need!

Rike's Reindeer Flying

Decked out for the holiday season: The Rike’s Department Store, the corner of Secon & Main Streets, Downtown Dayton, 1952. Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University.

Schuster Center Berry Reception Room
Created long ago for Rike’s Department Store, The Tike’s Shoppe continues to be a must-see attraction for families during the holiday season. Assisted by elves, children will have fun choosing inexpensive gifts while the parents wait outside the store. The Tike’s Shoppe is managed by YES! for Youth

Friday, Nov. 27: Open from 3-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28: Open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29: Open from Noon-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4: Open from Noon-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: Open from Noon-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11: Open from Noon-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12: Open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13: Open from Noon-7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18-Wednesday, Dec. 23: Open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Schuster Center
After visiting The Tike’s Shoppe, make sure to visit Santa, who keeps regular hours near the store!

Friday, Nov. 27: Visit with Santa from 4-7:45 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13: Visit with Santa from Santa 2-5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18-Wednesday, Dec. 23: Visit with Santa from 2-5 p.m.

For details about the Dayton Holiday Festival (including the Holiday Hunt, Grande Illumination and Children’s Parade), Uno’s Pizza with Santa, Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display, the Family Movie Series at The Neon, and noontime entertainment, please visit the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website at


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