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…

Tonight is the Springfield Jaycees’ Christmas Lights Parade at 5:30 pm!!

Here are today’s other 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)
-Sanctuary Tours of “Lincoln’s Church,” First Presbyterian at 7th and Monroe, all dressed for Christmas (10 am – 3 pm)
Make a Gingerbread House with the SAA at either 1 pm or 2:30 pm or just explore the Edwards Place Mansion on the SAA Campus from 1-4 pm
-Explore Illinois’ Winter Wonderland at the Illinois State Museum’s Super Saturday (11 am – 3 pm)
Architectural Tour of the Dana Thomas House with Anthony Rubano at either 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm
-Enjoy a Christmas Open House and launch of a new art exhibit at the African American History Museum (a short drive from downtown)
Candlelight Tour of the Elijah Iles Home (6-8 pm)
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene

-Open House with Governor and Mrs. Pritzker at the Governor’s Mansion (1-4 pm)

  • Visitors to the Governor’s Mansion may not bring large bags.  Small bags are acceptable but are subject to search.  Backpacks are not permitted.

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.


Labor Day Parade

This Labor Day, the Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council will host its annual Labor Day Parade in Downtown Springfield to celebrate the achievements of working people throughout the year. Local union members and elected officials from Springfield and around Central Illinois will recognize the importance of the November elections in our community and pledge to be active this election cycle to ensure we are all exercising our right to Vote For A Better Life.

This year’s parade route will be Jefferson to 5th > 5th to Capitol > to 6th > 6th to Washington.

The roads will be closed at 8:30 am on Sunday. Volunteers will white bag the meters Sunday evening. There is no on-street parking anywhere along the parade route including isabilities parking. Any vehicle on parade route will be towed.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Organizers say Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the biggest downstate parade to celebrate the “luck o’ the Irish.” The 34th Annual Parade with the theme “ShamRock ‘n Roll” kicks off at the “craic o’ noon” on Saturday, March 17 and thousands of viewers are expected along the parade route.

The parade starts on Jefferson & 6th heading west to 5th; Heading south on 5th to Capitol; Heading North on 6th to the Reviewing Stand, (this is our Family Friendly Area) then to Washington heading east, back to the beginning; the Horace Mann parking lot. Review the parade route>

For Families:

  • Streets will close at 9 am on Saturday morning and reopen at 6 am on Sunday
  • For the first time, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Race from 9-10 am; Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th.
  • 6th Street is considered Family Viewing area and 5th Street is considered more of the party street
  • The Hy-Vee Family Fun Fair will be 1-4 pm and is located at the Old State Capitol
  • Several parking lots in the area will charge one $5 fee for the day, including lots at 2nd and Washington, south of Obed’s on 6th Street behind the AT&T building, and the county lot on Adams across from the convention center. Free parking is available at the lots on 4th St. behind Augie’s and The Alamo.

For Revelers:

  • If you plan to consume alcohol outdoors, you must purchase a $1 wristband from retail establishments. Patrons who purchase will be allowed to have open containers on 5th Street between Monroe and Jefferson after the parade is over and while bars are open. No glass or coolers are allowed in the Parade area.
  • “I need a ride.” If you overindulge from 4 pm to 5 am, ask a bar manager for a cab voucher, courtesy of the SPD and Fire Department. Take your numbered voucher to pick up points at 4th and Adams or 6th and Adams. Lincoln Cab Co. will be there to take you home anywhere in Springfield. This safety program is paid for by the department’s DUI budget funded by previous offenders’ fees.

First Annual Halloween Parade

The Parent Place is hosting its First Annual Halloween Parade in downtown Springfield on 5th and 6th Streets. Families will line the street as floats, children and other special Halloween guests parade the streets!

Watch for festive floats and entries in this lighted evening parade! Contact 753-8730 to enter.

The Route is: Jefferson to 5th street to Monroe to 6th street to Washington.

Road Closures: That Saturday, Jefferson will be closed for staging between 9th and 7th street at 4:30 pm. The Bus night transfer moves to Capitol Street between 4th and 5th.

Great Lakes Shriners Parade

The Great Lakes Shriners Association is meeting in Springfield and will cap off their annual conference with a Shriners Parade! Parade route this year will be Jefferson to 5th > 5th to Capitol > to 6th > 6th to Washington.

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