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DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walk

December 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.


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