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.
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!
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.
Saturdays 1pm and 4pm
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.”
The shops are decorated beautifully for the holiday season.