Once Thanksgiving is over (and you’re stuffed like the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey), you and any holiday guests need to get out of the house … but what to do with the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend? We’ve got your guide to some of the best things to do over the long holiday weekend!
You can zip over to our previous blog posts to get all the details on the Dayton Holiday Festival’s kickoff this Friday, November 25 and how to see some of the best holiday lights in Ohio, as well as some unique Dayton holiday shopping inspiration.
We’ve also pulled together a quick list of 5 things to do around Dayton this weekend:

1. Check out the Rike’s Holiday Windows

A view of the Snow Day scene from the Rike's Holiday Windows.

The Rike’s Holiday Windows, on display in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, recreate the longtime Dayton tradition of the animated holiday displays that appeared in the windows of the former downtown Dayton Rike’s department store. The Rike’s Holiday Windows are available for viewing Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to3 p.m. (closed November 23 for Thanksgiving). For more information and a complete holiday schedule, visit Dayton Live’s website. Photos courtesy Dayton Live

2. Participate in at Silent Disco at Yellow Cab Tavern

Yellow Cab Tavern Silent Disco

Step into the golden years at Yellow Cab Tavern for a Silent Disco "at Grandma's House" event on Nov 24th. With KimL spinning EDM on the green station, Sexbox bringing the 70s, 80s, and 90s to the blue station, and John Chapel delivering modern hits on the red station, it promises to be a nostalgic night. Grab your grey wigs and join the fun with doors opening at 8:00pm and music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

3. Explore the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at Dayton Art Institute

Man looking at Toulouse Lautrec portrait

Explore the vibrant, bohemian world of late 19th-century Paris through the eyes of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, an iconic Post-Impressionist. The exhibition, "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: The Birth of Modern Paris," showcases over 240 works, offering a captivating view of cabarets, race tracks, music halls, and more. Toulouse-Lautrec's unique blend of empathy, humor, and seamless integration of art into daily life is evident in his prints, posters, and lithographs, providing a fascinating glimpse into la belle époque. This limited-time exhibition is on display through January 14. Bring canned goods to donate to the DAI’s food drive, and you can get $3 off an Adult/Senior admission OR a free Youth admission! The DAI’s website has more information about the exhibition and the food drive.

4. Take the kids to see 'Trolls Band Together' at The Historic Plaza Theatre

Trolls Band Together at Plaza Theatre

In "Trolls Band Together," Branch, once part of the boy band BroZone, embarks on a rescue mission with Poppy and John Dory when his brother Floyd is kidnapped by the pop band Velvet and Veneer. Together, they set out to reunite the BroZone brothers and save Floyd from being drained of his talent by the music-stealing duo. See this thrilling animation on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at 4:30 or 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Movie tickets are always $5 at the Historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg

5. Go skating at RiverScape

A group of people skating at the MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape

November 24-26 marks the opening weekend for the MetroParks Ice Rink–the region’s largest outdoor ice rink–at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton. The rink has something for everyone: beginners’ lessons, open skating, broomball and curling, not to mention hot chocolate and music. Ice skating is a great way to experience the outdoors during the cooler weather and provides a winter tradition for Miami Valley families looking for something fun to do together. Visit the Five Rivers MetroParks website for more information. Photo courtesy Five Rivers MetroParks

We’ve given you a fabulous holiday weekend menu–now make your selections and get out to enjoy everything the Dayton region has to offer! If you’re on Instagram, be sure to post pics of your adventures and tag them with #DiscoverDayton … we might feature your photos on our website and Instagram page (give us a follow @daytoncvb while you’re at it)!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau!

For more information on things to do in Dayton, contact the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 937-226-8211 (Monday-Friday) or download the free Visit Dayton App from Google Play or the Apple Store. Be in the Know on All Things Dayton!

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