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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas

11/17/2017 - 1/7/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families.

Holiday Market at Lincoln Memorial Garden

11/17/2017 - 11/19/2017, F: 4 pm - 7 pm; Sa: 9 am - 4 pm; Su: 1 pm - 4 pm
Lincoln Memorial Garden kicks off the Holiday Season with an annual market featuring unique hand-crafted items perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts and decorations. The special holiday sale offerings include centerpieces, swags, wreaths and one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments.

Memorial Festival of Trees

11/18/2017 - 11/26/2017, Times Vary by Day
A nine day holiday event featuring over 200 trees, wreaths and centerpieces; gingerbread cookie bakery, Candy Cane Express train and handcrafted village; and entertainment stage; a holiday boutique; photos with Santa; and a craft area for kids.

7th Inning Stretch

11/18/2017, 1 pm - 3 pm
Create an Origami Baseball Glove - Did you know that Cardinal Pitcher W.L. Doak holds a 1922 patent on a baseball glove design that is the basis for modern gloves? Create your own origami baseball glove and see if you can catch a ball with it.


11/18/2017, 7 pm
A six-piece Country Rock band from the Midwest

Holiday Pops in the Heartland with the IL Symphony Orchestra

11/18/2017, 7:30 pm
Kick off your holidays with festive music and holiday songs. Holiday Pops in the Heartland conducted by Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser, is truly a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance Group. But that’s not all! The ISO provides soundtrack to Raymond Briggs' classic picture book The Snowman featuring Harrison Faulkner as the soprano soloist.

An American Ice Princess & Her Doll

11/19/2017, 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
A fall skating event and tea party! Free skating and skate rental. A visit to the manicure station and doll hair station. Tea, hot chocolate and elegant desserts. A chance to win the 2017 American Girl Doll of the Year "Grace" For pre-registered ticket holders only: A goodie bag and pair of ice skates for your doll or other favorite friend. Be sure to check out the silent auction table as well!

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