Merry Makeover

Thanks to the generous donations from the Dayton community and our sponsors, $65,000 has been raised to rebuild the Rike’s Holiday Window displays!

This year, you will see a brand new Rike’s Holiday Window display when Wintergarden Wonderland opens on November 23. Later in December, we will welcome another now box. Even more boxes will be unveiled during next season’s Wintergarden Wonderland!

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

Did you know the Rike’s Holiday Window display cases are more than 15 years old?

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 2287591, ext. 3028, or send your donation via mail to Victoria Theatre Association, Attn: The Merry Makeover, 138 N. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402.

Share Your Rike's Christmas Window Memories

Do you have a special memory of visiting the Rike’s Christmas Windows in downtown Dayton? Share it with us by filing out the form below! You can also email us at info@victoriatheatre.com or mail your stories to 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 ATTN: Paula McLaughlin.

  • We want to share your story! By submitting your story, you give Victoria Theatre Association permission to share your story online, in print, or in audio or video formats.

The Nice List

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

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Baird
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
Robert Gajda
Ginny Gambrell
Mary Gladdis
Lynn and David Goldenberg
Peter S. and Carol Corr Greis
Mr. & Mes. Dale F. Grimes
Ms. Kathy Hagerty
Robert and Shirley Hill
Margaret Hollon
Robert and Deborah Howard
Dan and Nancy Huffman
In Memory of Marian Huffman
John and Kathy Jahoda
Constance Jann
Virginia Jennings
Karma Kollective
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
The Shopping Bag
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


Want to learn more about how you can help the Rike’s Holiday Window displays?

Paula McLaughlin
Manager – Individual Giving & Donor Relations
937-228-7591, ext. 3018