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There will be plenty of shopping, dining and tons of holiday cheer to go around! Walk around downtown, visit the historical sites, listen to carolers sing a traditional holiday song and catch one of the many performances at the Old State Capitol. You will have the chance to take a free, Horse Carriage ride and even meet Springfield’s very own, Abraham and Mary Lincoln at the Springfield Visitors Center! 

Tell me…what would the Holidays be without the one and only Santa? Don’t worry, your kiddos will have a chance to tell him what is on their long Christmas list, have their picture taken. (masks required)

Old Capitol Holiday Walks runs Wednesdays & Saturdays November 27 to December 22. 

We would love to see any pictures you have from the “Holidays in Springfield” past & present, just click here to upload now.

Find a Schedule of Events below, keep an eye out as more details are to come:

November 27: Small Business Saturday – Support local while finding that perfect gift for your special someone. Find shopping spots here

November 27 at 4:30 pm: DSI Tree Lighting on the Plaza - Watch the magic come alive as the Holiday season kicks off with the lighting of our neighborhood tree! Located on Old State Capitol Plaza

Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm, Saturdays: 3 pm – 6 pm: Carriage Rides - Enjoy a free, 10 minute ride around the Old State Capitol. 

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm: Abe & Mary Saturdays – Hang out with Abe & Mary in the Tinsley Dry Goods room of the Springfield Visitors Center. They will rotate playing toys with children, reading Christmas stories, discussing a day in the life with the Lincoln’s, and available for interactions& photographs. 

Wednesday & Friday: 5 pm – 8 pm & Saturdays & Sundays: 11 am – 7pm: LRS Ice Rink by Sangamon CEO - Located on the Old State Capitol Lawn

Wednesday: 4 pm - 7 pm & Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm &  5 pm - 7 pm :  Santa Claus on the Old State Capitol lawn. 

Wednesday: 4 pm & 6pm & Saturdays: 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm: Various Musical Performances - Located on Old State Capitol Plaza. 

Wednesday & Saturday: 4 pm – 7 pm: Winter Nights at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Expended hours with free admission, with a donation of personal care items to benefit the Springfield Salvation Army Warming Center, to enjoy exhibits & performances in a night time setting. 

Wednesday: 4 pm – 7 pm & Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm:  Memorial Holiday Fest Gingerbread Display in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum inside the Museum Café. 

Wednesday: 4 pm – 7 pm & Saturday: 2 pm – 7 pm:  Mistletoe Market located north of the Old State Capitol, next to Willow & Birch on Washington St. 

Wednesday & Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm: Children’s Arts & Crafts at the Illinois State Museum

December 4 at 5:30 pm: Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade - A tradition going back almost 50 years. Watch this lighted Christmas Parade winds around the heart of downtown. Located Downtown Springfield
Be sure to check out our event calendar for a full listing of events.

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