Holiday Walks

2016 Holiday Walk ThemeWhether you crave the old-time charms of a horse-drawn carriage ride and beautiful holiday storefronts; appreciate the one-stop shopping available in the downtown district (aka Gift Central); or want a hip place to catch up with your friends during break, the 2016 Downtown District Holiday Walks will make all of your holiday wishes come true. Downtown Springfield is home to more than sixty restaurants, bars and retail shops.

Downtown Springfield, Inc., the City of Springfield and premier sponsor Illini Bank proudly announce the schedule for the 2016 Downtown Holiday Walks, with the theme “Through the Years.”

DATES

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 Noon - ?Wed, Nov. 30 5-8 pm
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Sat, Dec. 3 11 am - 2 pm
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Wed, Dec. 7 5-8 pm
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The Lincoln Land Barbershop Chorus will be singing on the Plaza from 5-6 pm.
Sat, Dec. 10 11 am - 2 pm
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Christian's Trade Gospel Singers will be serenading you on the Plaza at 1 pm.
Wed, Dec. 14 5-8 pm
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Kaleidoscope of Springfield High School will be sharing their vocal gifts with shoppers on the Plaza tonight from 6-7 pm.
Sat, Dec. 17 11 am - 2 pm
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The ice has caused a few changes - the Horse Drawn Carriage was iced in and Blackwater Strings isn't playing at Yoga7even. Otherwise, downtown has been de-icing and shops and restaurants are open for business, and Civil War Santa is in the Old State Capitol as planned.
Wed, Dec. 21 5-8 pm
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Ace Sign Co Christmas Tree 2016This year’s 18-foot blue spruce is on the east side of the Old State Capitol Plaza and was delivered and decorated by past DSI president Dennis Bringuet and his Ace Sign Company, in partnership with the Villas at Sherman who donated the tree from their property, and Pleasant Nursery and Sunbelt Rentals who helped coordinate the move. The Springfield Show Stoppers children’s choir will provide music at the official Mayoral Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 pm.
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus will greet good girls and boys in the toasty, historic Old State Capitol, with games and crafts for kids led by Historic Sites “elves.” Families are encouraged to take their own photos with Santa and children receive a free candy cane. The Old State Capitol will also be hosting visits from historical figures such as US Grant, and a special wreath display that highlights museums from throughout the state. "Traditional Santa" and Mrs. Claus will be at every Walk except Dec. 17, when "Civil War Santa" will be available to hear wish lists.
roostwindowMore than 60 storefronts, including vacant buildings, have been decorated for the holidays by businesses and nearly 30 community groups. Vote for your favorite - the best display will receive an award at DSI's Annual Gala!
carriage-ride-onlyWith the support of the City of Springfield & Illini Bank, we're hosting free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farms. The carriage seats 12 people. This year’s route starts and stops at Maldaner’s (222 S. 6th) and goes around the Old State Capitol down 6th and 5th.
Participating dates: Nov. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 Dec. 14, Dec. 17, Dec. 21.
itty-bitty-windowGenerous property owners worked with DSI to allow pop-up businesses & activities to activate currently vacant storefronts. Just for the Walks, you can find these additional shops: Itty Bitty Fashion Truck at 407 E Adams; Farmers Market Artisans & More at 109 S. 5th (former Myers Brothers Dept Store on Washington St. entrance); Deck the Walls Pop Up Show at 512 E Adams (former SBDC) and St. John’s Holiday Lights Recycling Center | Channel 20 Joy of Sharing Drop-Off | SJR Paper and Coffee at 219 S 5th (former Del Rio Super Taco).
springfield-choirCommunity groups are providing music on the Plaza this season, including the Springfield High Chorus, Christian's Trade Gospel Singers and local string quartet Blackwater String Ensemble.
Santa MailboxChildren can put their letter for Santa into a Mailbox for Santa, on the Old State Capitol Plaza, anytime starting Saturday. The Springfield Art Association "elves" generously converted and decorated an old book drop from a Decatur public library to its new festive purpose. (Santa won't respond by mail.)
Sabin Children - Gingerbread PALSee the much bigger version of the gingerbread house that recently won the Blue Ribbon at Memorial’s Festival of Trees at The Wyndham City Centre. Across the street, the President Abraham Lincoln Doubletree by Hilton has festively decorated their lobby, including gingerbread houses by the GM's children. Bunn Gourmet is also providing a gingerbread house design to be viewed in the Old State Capitol.
parkingHoliday Walk shoppers will find convenient parking in the underground garage beneath the Old State Capitol until 6 pm on Nov. 26; and until 9:00 p.m. during the Wednesdays of the Walk; the cost is 75 cents per half hour. Shoppers may also park for free in the city-owned “Y Block,” on Capitol Ave. between 4th and 5th. Parking is free at downtown meters on Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesdays after 5 p.m.

Ancient Athletics of St. Andrews Society is once again hosting its free popular Festive Holiday Shuttle Van (complete with lights and a large Santa hat on top). The Holiday Van will be making rounds on Wednesdays of the Walk from 5-8 pm and will make stops at any participating business including those outside the walking perimeter upon request. Music and complimentary refreshments are on board. Van seats 12-15 people.
illini-bank-tyThe 2016 Holiday Walks are presented by Illini Bank in partnership with Downtown Springfield, Inc., and the City of Springfield; and generous sponsors Ace Sign Company, Neuhoff Media, Illinois Times, Julie & Bill Cellini, David & Laurie Farrell, Sorling Northrup, The Myers Family, Horace Mann, Bank of Springfield, Staab Funeral Home, Brown Hay & Stephens, Old State Capitol Foundation, FIRM, Channel 20/FOX Joy of Sharing, Star Media, Seth Molen Construction, SpringfieldMoms.org, Café Moxo and the downtown business community. Winter Wonderland Banner contributors include Marine Bank, Sutton Siding, HSHS Medical Group, Zara’s Collision, Café Moxo and Recycled Records.
Thanks to our 2016 Holiday Walks committee:
Jenny Loftus, Milk and Honey Fresh Market
Linda Klein, Illini Bank
Val Yazell, Local First
James Koeppe, UIS
Tricia Schlosser and Krissy Olsen, Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Sam Wilkerson, City of Springfield
Justin Blandford, Springfield Historic Sites
Jim Cox, a right jolly old elf
Destiny Nance-Edwards, The FIRM
Linda Renehan, Springfield Vintage
Paula Antonacci, Visit Springfield
Reier Delaney, Springfield Jaycees
Johanna Moll, Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ryan Prehn, IHPA