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Downtown Tree Lighting

  • Park Central Square Springfield, MO, 65806 United States (map)

Join Mayor Ken McClure with special guest Dino Kartsonakis, America’s Piano Showman, for the annual Downtown Tree Lighting on Park Central Square!

Schedule of events:

6 p.m.: Free pre-show activities:
• Free hot chocolate
• Performances from Luke Cooksey, Studio VIE and Springfield Little Theatre’s “The Santa Sessions.”
• Appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus and other holiday guests
• Bring the kids to send their letters to Santa via Santa’s mailbox!

6:20 p.m.: Live performance from Dino Kartsonakis

7 p.m.: Lighting of the Park Central Square Christmas tree. Tree lighting followed by:
• Live performance by 3.Little.Birds
• Jingle Bell March around Park Central Square
• Photo ops with holiday characters
• ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” story times at Park Central Branch Library—free books for all children in attendance!
• Free carriage rides courtesy of the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District until 10 p.m.

Plus, enjoy free ice skating at Mediacom Ice Park from 6:15-8:15 p.m. (skate rental is $3). Then, take in the stunning light display at Jordan Valley Park.

The Downtown Tree Lighting kicks of Festival of Lights, a flurry of holiday activities throughout November and December that includes horse-drawn carriage rides, free ice skating, holiday productions, shows and concerts and the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade.

Festival of lights is a proud collaboration between:
• City of Springfield, MO - Connect with SGF
• Springfield-Greene County Park Board
• Downtown Springfield
• The Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District

Earlier Event: November 3
Branson Market Days
Later Event: November 23
Turkey Trot 5K