Rike's Holiday Windows 2023
The holiday season is here and one of Dayton’s most beloved traditions is visiting the Rike’s Holiday Windows!
The Rike’s Holiday Windows’ 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 Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center now sits). They’ve been on display in the Schuster Center’s Wintergarden during the holidays for the past 20 years.
In 2018, the displays were redesigned by critically acclaimed theatre and opera scenic designer and Dayton native Adam Koch, reconstructed by internationally acclaimed set and stage designers Scenic Solutions from West Carrollton, Ohio, and the characters were recostumed by the Dayton Sewing Collaborative.
Santa and his magical team of crafty reindeer make a special stop each year to the Schuster Center to hide a special something in each of the Rike’s Holiday Windows. Can you guess what it is this year? It’s tiny, often at a child’s eye level, and has something to do with Dayton!
If you’re right, you’ll be entered to win a special gift certificate from Dayton Live. The winning entry will be notified after the new year begins!
This year, you’ll submit your guess online. Click here to submit your Santa’s Secret guess!
The Tike’s Shoppe will not be available this holiday season.
You can learn about all of downtown Dayton’s holiday fun on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website at dowtowndayton.org.
Great for all ages!
We recognize that the heart of an arts organization will always be the people we bring together and experiences we share. For detailed accessibility information, including seating, audio, and sign interpretation please visit our Accessibility page.
The Arts Garage, on the northwest corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, open for all performances at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, and PNC Arts Annex. The Arts Garage is owned and operated by Dayton Live, so parking there actually helps support the arts venues used by all our great arts organizations. For more parking information, visit our Directions & Parking page.
This event is free and no tickets are required.
Windows are generally available for viewing Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The windows will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, and will not be available for public viewing during private events.
- On Friday, December 1, 2023, the windows will be available for viewing from 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, the windows will be available for viewing from 6:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Plus service fees. Prices subject to change.