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Young boy in a Santa hat pointing to a Merry Makeover display in the Kettering Wintergarden at the Schuster Center

Rike’s Holiday Window Displays

In 2018, we unveiled two new Rike’s Holiday Window displays, and in 2019, we unveiled four more! This completed our Merry Makeover project with six brand new display boxes for our historic elf displays.

Thank you to all our donors and sponsors who have ensured this Dayton tradition continues for years to come.

Due to COVID-19 advisories and for the safety of our patrons and staff, the Rike’s Holiday Windows were not on display in 2020. We know the Rike’s Holiday Windows are a holiday tradition, so we invite you to visit daytonlive.org/holiday for exclusive Rike’s Holiday Windows video content!

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). Now, every year from the day after Thanksgiving until the turn of the new year, you can visit them in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. The setup, teardown, and visits by more than 8,000 people every year take their toll.

If you would like to support the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the boxes, you can donate online now, call 937-228-7591, ext. 3028, or send your donation via mail to Dayton Live, Attn: Rike’s Holiday Window Displays, 138 N. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402.

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Andrew Baker

Administrator – Development
937-228-7591, ext. 3018

The Nice List

Thank you to those who have donated to The Merry Makeover!

Dwight and Marsha Bartlett
Adele Becker
Nancy Brown
Ginger Cates
Brad and Betsy Clapp
James C
Jeanine Clark
James Clay
John and Patti Clifford
Cox Media Group
Colleen Crews
Susan B. Davis
Sandra Dean
Dayton Sewing Collaborative
Carter de Werd & Connie Strobbe
Carol M. Dohner
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dues
Don and Sue Dugan
Kim and Michael Duncan
Carol Echols
Libby and Ken Elbaum
Ann Farrell
Paul Fogarty
Jean Franz
Nancy Frydryk
Jackie Fultz
Mary Gladdis
Robert Gajda
Ginny Gambrell
Lynn and David Goldenberg
Peter S. and Carol Corr Greis
Mr. & Mrs. Dale F. Grimes
Ms. Kathy Hagerty
Robert and Shirley Hill
Margaret Hollon
Robert and Deborah Howard
Dan, Nancy and Marian Huffman
John and Kathy Jahoda
Constance Jann
Virginia Jennings
Sonja Kasch
William and Michele Keeley

Karen Kelly
Kettering Family Philanthropies
Jennifer Koesters
Anthony and Tonya Kolker
Bob and Lynn Kos
Sherley Kurtz
Jane Marie Kwiecinski
Laurito + Laurito
Joe and Kelly Lehman – In loving memory of Eleanor and Jocelyn Ann James
Gary L. Leroy
Janice Manheim
Louis Anton Mann – In memory of Nicholas Anton
Jeffrey and Peggy Markland
Frederick and Holly McConnaughey
Judy Meckstroth
Carol Ann Miller
Errol and Mildred Newman
Lelia Oliver
Jeanette and Jim Patton
Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. James Pendergast
Shirley Planet
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Prophater
Lynda Ream
Amy and Barry Reed
Mary Retter
Gregory and Vicky Rozelle
Howard & Patricia Sales
Scenic Solutions
Rick and Debbie Schmidt
Theodore and Linda Lou Sheline
Betsy and Mike Shepard
Sarah Sillin
Bonita S. Small
Judy Smith
Sally Struthers
Linda Taulbee
Jacqueline and J. Bradford Tillson
Timothy and Margaret Wallace
Diane Warner
Mr. and Mrs. William Winger
Ray Wylam

Young boy in a Santa hat pointing to a Merry Makeover display in the Kettering Wintergarden at the Schuster Center