2019 Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Andrew and Jessica star in their own Hallmark special in downtown Springfield!


Purchase a special DSI Santa Hat presented by The State Journal-Register this November! There are only 100 available.  Each hat is only $10, and inside you’ll find coupons to use at downtown businesses starting on Small Business Saturday, November 30. Order yours today online

By purchasing a Santa Hat, you will also be part of a Grand Prize drawing on Small Business Saturday. At 1 pm on November 30, DSI and the SJR will draw one purchaser’s name to receive a Downtown Gift Basket valued at $200.


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…

Click on each day below to storyboard your own personal Hallmark movie:

Saturday, November 30 | Small Business Saturday
Wednesday, December 4
Saturday, December 7
Wednesday, December 11
Saturday, December 14
Wednesday, December 18
Saturday, December 21

For the Romantic

Your personal movie entitled “Christmas Connection” might include a meet-cute at a trendy bar, followed by a romantic dinner. End it all with a stroll through a few shops and take a selfie under the twinkling Plaza lights. If you have young children, consider dropping the kids at Kidzeum for a Parent’s Night Out to live out this movie fantasy!

For the Family

You’ve dealt with kids underfoot for a few cold weeks now. Your “Wish for Christmas” includes your own adorable but rowdy kids enjoying the crisp night air by petting the horses and jumping on the horse-drawn carriage ride, followed by a visit to Santa. And hot chocolate from a nearby shop!

For the Party Planner in the Office

Just like “Best Christmas Party Ever,” your colleagues look to you to create fun experiences for the group. Leave work and head downtown dressed in your best ugly holiday sweaters. Head out in teams to find the BEST ornament in the downtown shops and meet up an hour later to compare notes over a winter-themed beverage.


Whatever your budget, you can experience the holiday in downtown Springfield, thanks to our generous corporate and family sponsors. They allow us to provide many of these experiences at no cost, including Santa in the Old State Capitol, Santa Mail Box and horse-drawn carriage rides by Red Gate Farm.


Premier Sponsor/Executive Producer

Director Level Support
Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation
City of Springfield
Eck Schafer and Punke
David & Laurie Farrell
Julie & Bill Cellini
Community Care Systems
Middletown State Bank
Sorling Northrup
McGuireWoods LLC
The State Journal-Register – Santa Hats
Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau – Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln
Ace Sign Company & Butler Funeral Homes – Holiday Tree

Showrunner Level of Support

Dave & Val Leonatti

Screenwriter Level of Support

Bank of Springfield
Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers
Delano Law Office
Myers Commercial Real Estate
Marine Bank
Alderman Andrew Proctor
SYPG Foundation – Choral Competition & Tree Lighting
The Landmark Automotive Group – Choral Competition & Tree Lighting
Lincoln Square Apartments
Horace Mann
Capital City Improv
Wolter, Beeman, Lynch & Londrigan

Producer Level of Support

Barb & Lee Malany Family
Staab Funeral Home

Jump on the Santa Van on Saturdays from 1-4 pm 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 downtown stop is next to the Visitor’s Center at 6th and Adams.

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