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Downtown Springfield to host parade Dec. 8 with “Wonders of Christmas” theme

October 04, 2018

Readers of USA Today named Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium the No. 1 new attraction and the top aquarium in the country. The sparkling facility has captured the imaginations of children and adults from across the country. It has also inspired the theme of this year’s Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade.

The Downtown Springfield Association is proud to announce the theme of the 2018 parade will be “Wonders of Christmas.” The parade, presented by Penmac, will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 8, following its traditional route through Park Central Square. From polar bears in festive scarves and ice-skating penguins, to walruses sipping hot cocoa, this theme aims to deck downtown with everyone’s favorite holiday woodland creatures.

Some 10,000 people attend the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade every year. It is also broadcast by KOLR10. It’s a great chance  to get the word out about local businesses and nonprofit organizations with a creative float.

Organizations and marching bands can reserve their spot in the parade online now! The early-bird rate for applications closes Oct. 26 and the final deadline for applications is Nov. 16. Space in the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

A non-commercial float entry is $150 and a commercial float entry is $250. Any application received before Oct. 26 will receive $50 off the entry fee.

For more information, call 417-831-6200, email, or visit