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Downtown Tree Lighting

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