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…

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

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!

Old Capitol Holiday Walks Underway

It’s a tradition of the season that all of Springfield looks forward to…

The Old Capitol Holiday Walks kicked off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, and will run every Saturday afternoon from noon to five pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm through December 22. Many shops are also staying open for convenient Sunday hours from noon to 3 pm.

Plan your visit by checking out the business specials and the activities by date.

Join us on Small Business Saturday for shopping & dining, Santa in the Old State Capitol and more, and stay for the ceremonial Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm. This year’s tree is a magical creation by Ace Sign Co; wonder and delight will definitely take you over when you see it!

Downtown is charming enough on its own with the historical architecture, brick roads and quaint boutiques, but this time of year, the magic of the season is illuminated throughout the neighborhood. As you stroll down the streets, you are greeted with carolers, a 12-foot Christmas tree, and the horse-drawn carriage circling the Old State Capitol every ten minutes (free for you to jump on and take a ride yourself outside of Del’s Popcorn Shop!).

The downtown shops are always adorable and perfect for finding unique gifts, but shop owners put on quite the display for the holidays with stylized windows and darling decor. Most offer complimentary snacks & beverages during the walks.

Restaurants are filled with familiar faces as you are reminded what a small, big city we live in. (Make your reservations now because this is a very popular time of year for dining out with friends and family!) The City of Springfield’s Public Works Department decorates the street poles with white lights that sparkle against the sunset each evening. Union Station (across from the Lincoln Presidential Museum) puts on a special light show and plays holiday music that echos for blocks and blocks. The Springfield Jaycees host their annual Light Parade on Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 pm.

Be sure to grab your family and friends and make these events part of your holiday tradition. There is nothing more charming than our beautiful downtown neighborhood during the Old Capitol Holiday Walks!

Say you’ll be there on Facebook!

 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

2018 Holiday Walks Guidebook
Pick up this book full of a comprehensive listing of activities during all of the Holiday Walks at participating downtown shops and partner locations.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5:30pm

Watch the magic come alive as we light our neighborhood tree, designed and manufactured by Ace Sign Co.

Santa at the Old State Capitol
Saturdays 2pm – 5pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

Thanks to our friends at the Old State Capitol, visiting Santa is a free “warm” experience with crafts and games along the way so children don’t get bored waiting in line to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Candy cane included!

NEW!! Insta-Holiday Photo Room
Saturdays 12pm – 4pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm

Grab your selfie stick and head inside the new Visit Springfield Visitor’s Center (located inside the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office at 6th and the Plaza) for DSI-produced holiday-bedazzled backgrounds for your Instagramming pleasure. Be sure to use the hashtags #holidaywalks and #instalol

Horse Drawn Carriage
Saturdays 1pm – 4pm & Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm (except no carriage on Dec. 1 and 2-5 pm on Dec. 8)

Thanks to DSI’s generous sponsors, hop on this free 10-minute carriage ride with the folks and horses from Red Gate Farm. Pick up is outside of Del’s Popcorn Shop on Sixth Street.

Musical Performances
Saturdays 1pm and 4pm
Wednesdays 6pm

Find some of the area’s best singing groups either inside the Old State Capitol or outside on the Old State Capitol Plaza for their holiday performances.

Festive Union Park Lights & Music
Through January 6, 2019

Drive by the park west of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to enjoy the display. Inside the Museum, you can take pictures with their giant Christmas tree as the background from 4-5 pm every day and tour the special exhibit (with entry fee), “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas Exhibit.”

Holiday Windows
The shops are decorated beautifully for the holiday season.

Photos with Mrs. Claus & Santa!

We hope to see you at Wild Rose on December 16, anytime from 3pm-6pm.

Mrs. Claus will be joining Santa and are welcoming children or whole family photos!

We ask for a suggested $10 donation (although any amount will help!) and all proceeds will benefit HIV orphans in Swaziland, Africa.

We encourage you to bring your camera or cell phone and take your own photos, but if you prefer we take a photo with ours, they will be emailed to you and all rights to the photos will be yours with no watermarks.

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