Thursday, September 25 | Submitted by Laura Head | Downtown Central
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. at Jordan Valley Park – Join Mayor Bob Stephens for music, entertainment and the lighting of the 33-foot tree. Then parade over to Hammons Field for free hot chocolate and fireworks.
Illumination Celebration at the Tower Club, 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy a festive buffet, music, and a stunning view of the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Cardinals Fireworks from up above Jordan Valley Park. Open to the public. Call 866-4466 for reservations.
Park Central Square Tree Lighting, 7:30 p.m. – Cap off the night with live music and entertainment as we flip the switch in Park Central Square.
Other Festival of Lights activities throughout November and December include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, a loft walk, Christmas light displays in Jordan Valley Park, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade and First Night Springfield. Festival of Lights is presented by Midwest Family Broadcasting, the Downtown Springfield CID, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the Urban Districts Alliance, and the City of Springfield.