DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Santa has been loading up his sleigh…and Christmas is just four more days away! This is the final Old Capitol Holiday Walk of the season — but plenty of your favorite downtown businesses will be open in the coming days for your last minute gift-buying!

Here are today’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol (1-5 pm)
-Watch for the SYPG Elves (2-5 pm)
-Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (1-5 pm)
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams from noon – 3 pm)
-Free! Grab a ride in the Santa Van (1-4 pm)
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene
-Watch “A Message at Midnight” Play at the Lincoln Home at 7 pm

DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Downtown Springfield is the perfect backdrop for your holiday season! Just like our favorite Hallmark movies, spending time in the downtown district allows you to create your own story line of holiday magic…

Here are tonight’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol
-Watch for the SYPG Elves
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams)
Parents Night Out at the Kidzeum (with a donation)
-Take a selfie at the SMTD Lighted Bus at 4th and Adams
-Special performance by Franklin Middle School at 6:30 pm in Old State Capitol
-“A Message at Midnight” Play at the Lincoln Home at 7 pm
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene

DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walk

Downtown Springfield is the perfect backdrop for your holiday season! Just like our favorite Hallmark movies, spending time in the downtown district allows you to create your own story line of holiday magic…

Here are today’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol (1-5 pm)
-Watch for the SYPG Elves (2-5 pm)
-Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (1-5 pm)
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams from noon – 3 pm)
-Free! Grab a ride in the Santa Van (1-4 pm)
-Outdoor Market on the Plaza (1-4 pm)
Holiday Tea Seatings at Edwards Place at 11 am and 3 pm
-1850s carol sing at First Presbyterian Church at 6 pm
Explore the Elijah Iles Home with Kids Activities 1-4 pm & Candlelight Tours 5-8 pm
-Enjoy Holiday Design Tours of the Dana Thomas House with the Springfield Civic Garden Club at 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene

DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walk

Downtown Springfield is the perfect backdrop for your holiday season! Just like our favorite Hallmark movies, spending time in the downtown district allows you to create your own story line of holiday magic…

Here are tonight’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol
-Watch for the SYPG Elves
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams)
Parents Night Out at the Kidzeum (with a donation)
-Take a selfie at the SMTD Lighted Bus at 4th and Adams
-Special performance by Lincoln Magnet School at 6:30 pm in Old State Capitol
-Architectural tours of the Dana Thomas House led by Anthony Rubano at 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene

 

Small Business Saturday | Holiday Walks Kick-Off

Join Downtown Springfield Inc. for the first day of the 2019 Old Capitol Holiday Walks!

It’s also Small Business Saturday, the nationwide day to spend a portion of your gift-giving dollars on local and independently owned businesses, which you can find in spades in the downtown neighborhood, with friendly shop owners, free gift wrapping and more!

SPECIAL EVENTS

10 am – 5 pm
Small Business Saturday Shopping

Noon – 3 pm
Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm – pick up at 5th and Adams (Plaza side)

Noon to 5 pm
WNNS will be out on the Old State Capitol Plaza collecting toys for the Springfield Toys for Tots drive.

1 – 5 pm
Free! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Old State Capitol

1-5 pm
New! Enjoy a holiday-themed Outdoor Market on the Old State Capitol Plaza.

1-5 pm
You might just see our 16th President and his wife doing their holiday shopping so feel free to stop and chat with them and grab a photo! Compliments of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

1 pm
Drawing for the DSI Santa Hat presented by the State Journal Register raffle winner on the Old State Capitol Plaza (6th and Adams). Purchase a Santa Hat for $10 through the month of November to receive coupons to some of your favorite downtown shops and support DSI’s work to support local businesses.

1-4 pm
Jump on the Santa Van to take you between downtown shopping and Springfield’s historic sites, sponsored by the Springfield Historic Sites and provided by the Ancient Athletics of the St. Andrew’s Society of Central Illinois. Donations are accepted. The Santa Van stop is next to the Visitor’s Center at 6th and Adams.

2-4 pm
Lincoln Public Library is hosting a Holiday Tea!

5:30 pm
Join us on the Old State Capitol Plaza for Santa’s Grand Entrance, Springfield Youth Performance Group’s holiday performance, and the Official Lighting Ceremony of the community tree by Ace Sign Company followed by New! the High School Choir Competition sponsored by Landmark Automotive Group and SYPG Foundation and presented by 98.7 WNNS. You’ll enjoy performances by the top three choirs with the winning school being presented with a $500 check.

5-7 pm
Take a selfie in front of the SMTD Lighted Bus! It will be parked at the corner of 4th and Adams. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #holidaywalks and #hallmarkmoments!

7 pm
Dinner Reservations, your choice

Click the link for more information about the entire five-week Old Capitol Holiday Walks and plan your own magical holiday experience today!

CANCELLED Veterans Day Parade

Unfortunately the organizers felt they must cancel this year’s parade due to the unfavorable weather conditions.

The parade starts at 10:20 am on Capitol near 11th Street and will reach the Capitol grounds by 11 am.

The City Public Works Department will close Capitol Avenue between 11th and 9th street by 8:30 am. The street will be reopened immediately after the parade.

All parade participants must register at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue by 9:30 a.m.

The parade will feature military veterans from wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as as well as color guards, emergency vehicles and the marching bands from Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield high schools.

Unlike other parades in Springfield, no candy is thrown.

 

Cruise the Shops with DSI

The vintage cars lining our downtown streets during the 18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival aren’t the only attraction! Fill your car (vintage or otherwise) with deals at participating shops.

Stop by the DSI tent at 6th and Adams to get your shop list to play:

  • Players will receive 1 raffle ticket for every shop visited
  • Players will receive 5 raffle tickets for purchase at participating shops

The more raffle tickets you earn, the better your chance to WIN! Winners will receive a basket of downtown goodies valued at $200.

We’re proud to be on the original Route 66 and we welcome you!

Neighborhood Clean-Up

DSI’s Design Committee would like to invite you to help us polish up the heart of our city, in time for the Mother Road Festival which starts this night!

This activity is also part of United Way of Central Illinois’ Day of Action.

Just meet us at the corner of 5th and Washington and we’ll go out in teams to pick up trash and identify any walking hazards. If you have a pair of gloves, you might want to bring those along – otherwise we’ll have the supplies necessary.

**Did you know that DSI “adopted” 5th Street as part of the City’s Adopt-A-Street program years ago? We organize volunteer clean-ups for it, and for the rest of downtown, at least three times a year.

16th Annual Green Symposium

It’s time for the Annual Green Symposium! Resource One will be hosting the event in the previous location of the Illinois Realtors Association.

The keynote speaker this year will be Kent Massie, PLA/PSLA of Massie Massie & Associates.

There will be a guided tour of the renovated Governor’s Mansion (LEED Silver) following the Symposium.

Following the tour, come enjoy the cocktail party on the Bicentennial Plaza

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