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 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)
-Outdoor Market on the Plaza (1-4 pm)
Holiday Tea Seatings at Edwards Place at 11 am and 3 pm
-1850s carol sing at First Presbyterian Church at 6 pm
Explore the Elijah Iles Home with Kids Activities 1-4 pm & Candlelight Tours 5-8 pm
-Enjoy Holiday Design Tours of the Dana Thomas House with the Springfield Civic Garden Club at 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm
Springfield Choral Society presents George Frideric Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 pm tickets are $15.
-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!


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) Cancelled today due to weather

Noon to 5 pm
WNNS will be out on the Old State Capitol Plaza collecting toys for the Springfield Toys for Tots drive. Moved into the Visitors Center at 6th and Adams

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. Cancelled today due to weather

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 Moved into the Visitors Center at 6th and Adams
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 moved inside the Old State Capitol due to weather forecast
Join us 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 & Butler Funeral Home 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.

The participating schools, in alphabetical order, are: Glenwood Chatham High School, Springfield High School, and Taylorville High School.

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 below for more information about the entire five-week Old Capitol Holiday Walks and plan your own magical holiday experience today!

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