The Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, presented by Penmac, is taking a fresh new route in 2020, in more ways than one.
The Downtown Springfield Association has changed up the plans for this treasured holiday event to keep the participants and the public safe during the COVID-19 epidemic. Instead of one afternoon event, the Parade will be incorporated into a driving tour throughout the Festival of Lights season (Nov. 21 through Dec. 31). Download your official driving tour map right here!
Area marching bands, always a favorite part of the Parade, will offer performances on Park Central Square on two Saturday nights, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. Unfortunately, rainy weather forced the cancellation of performances Nov. 21. The DSA hopes to reschedule those performances for another time.
“The Christmas Parade is our gift to the community and we love celebrating the season,” Jennifer Moseley, DSA Events Manager, said. “The holiday lighting along the Downtown route will allow patrons six weeks to enjoy many of Springfield’s favorite community spaces from the safety of their vehicle. The two special nights will allow us to treat Southwest Missouri to the sights and sounds of the holiday season, with provisions for social distancing.”
Festive light displays will be set up at the Springfield Expo Center lot, Jordan Valley Park, Founders Park, Jubilee Park and Park Central Square. The bands will play 20-30 minute sets on the Square, serenading you with the sounds of the season.
“We want people to grab something warm to drink from their favorite Downtown spot and create some special holiday memories,” Moseley said. “Our neighborhood will also be dressed up for the Team A.N.A. 417 Downtown Springfield Holiday Window Challenge, so Downtown will be a can’t-miss destination for family-friendly holiday fun. It will be a perfect opportunity to support local retailers in year where it is important to support our neighbors.”
2 p.m. — Central High School Kilties
2:45 p.m. — Parkview High School Lassies
3:30 p.m. — Fordland High School Screamin’ Eagle Band
4:30 p.m. — Glendale High School Falcon Regiment Band
5:15 p.m. — Central High School Marching Bulldogs
6 p.m. — Willard High School’s The Cutting Edge
6:45 p.m. — Strafford Pride of the Tribe Band
7:30 p.m. — Kickapoo Golden Girls
*Attention spectators: Please watch bands from the outer perimeter of Park Central Square, wear face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from those not in your family group.