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  • Recreation Department 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. 
  • Dayton, Ohio 45459 
  • Phone: (937) 433-0130 

30 anniversary  

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2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of Woodland Lights and we're celebrating in a big way!

  • November 17: Preview Party*
  • November 18: Opening Night
  • November 19: Pet Night*
  • November 27: Carnival Night
  • December 1: Throwback Thursday with Victorian Carolers
  • December 2: Date Night Scavenger Hunt & Centerville Community Chorus*
  • December 3: Pet Night*
  • December 5: 6-8pm, Woodland ONE-derland Walk*
  • December 8: Animal Night (Birds of Prey and Local Wildlife)
  • December 9: Dayton Metro Barbershop Chorus
  • December 10: Character Night
  • December 15: Kids' Edition Scavenger Hunt
  • December 16: Sci-Fi Night
  • December 19: Pet Night
  • December 20: Petting Zoo with camel, sheep, donkey, and reindeer
  • December 21: Longest Night of the Year - GLOW PARTY (open until 11pm)
  • December 23: Character Night

*Indicates no horse carriages on these nights

Visitors can stroll through the ten acres of sparkling light and whimsical displays or take a ride on the Rieck Express train along a separate path! Climb aboard this colorful four car train that seats up to sixteen and take a scenic ride that winds past the Pollinator Garden and the vernal pond, creating a treasured new memory for long-time visitors. Please note that the trains will replace the amusement rides. 

family at WL

santa's cabin 

As always, Santa will be tucked cozily by the fireplace in our historic log cabin, waiting for children to share their wish lists with him. Have your camera ready to take a photo with Santa or any of the costumed characters and animated vignettes you will encounter along the path. Our traditional horse drawn carriage rides will run every night except November 17 & 19, and December 2, 3 & 5.

back pond

The train, lights and displays of Woodland Lights are powered by the generosity of event sponsors, led by the Sam's Club of Washington Township, Beavercreek and North Dayton. Sam's Club has been the festival's Major Sponsor for eleven consecutive seasons. All sponsors for this year's event are recognized on our website, on social media and throughout the festival.