Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Posted: 11/6/2017
Author: Alison Warren

Old Capitol Holiday Walks

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Enjoy the #merryandmischief while you shop, dine and drink local: Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Old State Capitol, rides in the horse-drawn carriage, musical performances, vote for your favorite window displays, pop a letter into the Santa mailbox -- all for free.

The Old Capitol Holiday Walks are every Saturday & Wednesday, November 25th - December 20th.

Santa in the Old State Capitol

  • Saturdays: 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Give your list to Santa while Mrs. Claus hands out candy caneschildren’s crafts and History Comes Alive presentations by General Grant and William Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner. Greeted by USCT Soldiers, part of History Comes Alive.

Santa Mailbox

  • Located at the corner of 5th and Adams
  • We’ll make sure your letters are delivered to Santa on time
  • Thanks to the Springfield Art Association for creating the mailbox in 2016

Horse-Drawn Carriage by Red Gate Farm

  • Saturdays: 1 pm  - 4 pm
    • 12/2 no carriage
    • 12/16 from Noon -3 pm
  • Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Free rides, first come, first served
  • Pick up at Del's Popcorn Shop, 213 S. 6th St. 
  • About a 10 minute ride
  • Route goes north on 6th, to Washington, south on 5th, to Monroe

SYPG Elves

Located on the Old State Capitol Plaza

  • Saturdays starting 12/2: 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesdays: 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Say hello and watch the antics of the Springfield Youth Performance Group

Find Elf on the Shelf

  • All days
  • Participating downtown locations have hidden the tattle-tale elf. Where is he and what could he be up to? You’ll have to visit to find out!
  • Locations include Arlington’s, Augie’s Front Burner, Cafe Moxo, Cold Stone Creamery, Daisy Jane’s, Milk & Honey Fresh Market, Murphy’s Loft, Recycled Records, Springfield Vintage, Springfield YMCA, Studio on 6th, The Roost, urban sassafras, and Wild Rose.

Chestnuts Roasting

Located on the Old State Capitol Plaza

  • Dates and Times TBA
  • Allow the warm and toasty smell of fresh roasted chestnuts to lead you to Old Capitol Farmers Market vendor Suttill’s Gardens, roasting chestnuts on the Old State Capitol Plaza.
  • For a small fee, you can enjoy some–either as a tasty treat or as an old-fashioned hand warmer

Jaycess 46th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights

  • Saturday, 12/9 at 7:30 pm

Musical Performances

Located in the Old State Capitol (OSC) or on the Old State Capitol Plaza (OSCP)

  • Wednesday, 11/29 at 6:30 pm:
    • Lanphier High School Choir (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/2 at 1 pm:
    • Blackwater Strings (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/2 at 4 pm:
    • Springfield Dance Theatre (OSCP)
  • Wednesday, 12/6 at 6 pm:
    •  UIS String Quartet & UIS Chorus (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/9 at 1 pm:
    •  Seraphim (OSC)
  • Wednesday, 12/13 at 6 pm:
    •  Rochester High School Choir (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/16 at 1 pm:
    • Uketopians (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/16 at 2 pm:
    • Springfield Showstoppers (OSC)
  • Saturday, 12/16 at 4 pm:
    • Sacred Heart Griffin Band (OSCP)
  • Wednesday, 12/20 at 6 pm:
    • Uketopians (OSC)
  • Wednesday, 12/20 at 7 pm:
    •  Sound Celebration Chorus (OSC)

“Holidays at the White House” Exhibit

Located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

  • Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm

Special Holiday Events

Located at various Historic Sites

President Lincoln & Mary

  • Saturdays, Noon – 6 pm
  • Wednesdays, 5 pm - 8 pm (Mary only)
  • You’ll find the President and his wife, who always liked beautiful things, walking around the downtown shops and historic sites. Grab a Presidential Selfie when you can!

Free Bus Transportation

  • Saturdays, Noon – 6 pm
  • Wednesdays, 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Catch a free ride on a special Holiday Route bus, which takes you from downtown and back to several historic sites decorated for the holiday season and with special holiday activities.
  • Click here for the map for the stops. The bus will circulate at all stops every 20 minutes (EXCEPT 12/2 & 9 due to longer routes those specific days).

Lighted Bus Selfie Station

  • SMTD staff’s decorated one of the buses again this year, and it’s so bright you’ll want to wear shades!
  • Find it and grab a memorable picture with your family and friends!
  • Don’t forget the hashtag #merryandmischief

Hoogland Center for the Arts

Pop Up Shops

This year we’ll be featuring another great selection of pop-up proprietors in vacant or otherwise-purposed buildings in the downtown district. 

The Toy Shop: 407 E. Adams
Open during Holiday Walks plus Thurs-Fri. 10 am – 6 pm & Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. Offering a variety of toys from stocking stuffers to modern spins on old classics. Stop in soon and let’s play!

LLCC Artists Gallery: 518 E. Monroe
Saturday: Dec. 2, 9 & 16 Noon – 6 pm
A fine selection of art from Lincoln Land Community College artists.

Myers Brothers Pop-Ups: 101 S. Fifth, Washington St. Entrance
Open during the Holiday Walks only, featuring a variety of clothing, craft and home goods.

Midwest Family Live: 11 W. Old State Capitol Plaza
Made possible by Willow City Farms
Wed, Nov. 29: 970 WMAY 4 pm -7 pm
Wed, Dec. 6: 97.7 WQLZ 4 pm - 7 pm
Wed, Dec. 13: US 92.7 4 pm - 7 pm
Wed, Dec. 20: 98.7 WNNS 4 pm - 7 pm
Your favorite radio personalities bring their own brand of brains and humor to make 5th and Adams a particularly festive corner.

Shop‘til You Drink, Floyd’s Thirst Parlor: 212 S. 5th
Sat, Nov. 25 4 pm - 8 pm
Wed, Nov 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13: 5 pm - 8 pm
Sat, Dec. 9: 4 pm - 8 pm
Featuring Killer B Vintage and other artists and craftsmen

LulaRoe Elegant Expo Group: 225 S 6th St.
Holiday Walks on Weds. Dec 6, 13 and 20
Laura Hamilton brings the best of LulaRoe

Dont miss out on the Downtown Business Specials 

Sumac Shop at the Dana-Thomas House: 301 E. Lawrence Ave.
Holiday Treats & special promotions weekly.

Abe’s Old Hat Antiques & Country Store: 111 N. 6th St.
Wed. nights – Elvis Himselvess followed by Open Pics, Sat. Live Music Matinees 1 – 3 pm, Weekly Specials and Refreshments Served

Arlington’s: 210 Broadway
$4 Hot Buttered Rum Cider & $4 Candy Cane Cocktails

Augie’s Front Burner109 S. 5th St.
Spiced Cider

Cafe Moxo: 411 E. Adams
First year open late for the Walks! Kid-friendly menu

Celtic Mist Pub: 117 S. 7th St.
$6 Irish Coffee  $4 Jameson  $2 PBR Chalices

chARTruse: 229 S. 6th St.
One smile nugget with $20 purchase

Cold Stone Creamery: 124 S. 6th St.
Ice creams, cakes, & novelties. Shakes, smoothies and frappes. Plus warm, freshly made waffle bowls or cones. Coupons available.

Daisy Jane’s424 E. Monroe
Refreshments while you shop

Jade’s Far East Emporium: 631 E. Adams St.
15% off during Holiday Walk days. Complimentary hot tea & cookies. Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations–get your name in Chinese!

Loukinens’ on 4th: 517 S. 4th St.
Hot Chocolate for Adults 21 & over: peppermint liquer, whipped cream vodka, & Godiva dark. For the kids, spiced cider & hot cocoa.

Maldaner’s Restaurant: 222 S. Sixth St.
Hot Chocolate

Recycled Records Inc.: 625 E. Adams
Used CDs & DVDs Buy 2, Get One Free

Robbie’s Restaurant: 4 S. Old State Capitol Plaza
Holiday pie sales

SAA Collective: Located in the Hoogland, 420 S. 6th St.
Free Gift with Purchase

Springfield Vintage: 215 S. 5th St.
Refreshments while you shop

Springfield Clock Shop: 629 E. Washington

20 Rhythm clocks 40% off

Studio on 6th: 215 S. 6th St.
Free spirits and snacks. Door prizes every half hour. Special Christmas bags & wrapping

The Alamo: 115 N. 5th St.
Holiday themed cocktails

The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space: 711 S. 5th St.
Coffee, hot chocolate & baked goodies

The Roost: 216 S. 6th St.
Refreshments while you shop
Holiday giveaway with every purchase

Urban Sassafras: 100 N. 6th St.
Live window displays on Wednesday nights. Crafts & snacks for kiddos. Refreshments while you shop

Vele Restaruant: 524 E. Monroe
Modern Coastal Cuisine. Dinner, Wed-Sa. Ribbon cutting 12/6 at 3:30pm

Wild Rose: 115 N. 6th St.
Christmas Basket Raffle, entry with every purchase. Refreshments while you shop

Willow & Birch Salon: 521 E. Washington
10% off products during the Walks. Join us on Nov. 29 for New Location Celebration 4 pm - 8 pm with ribbon cutting at 1:45 pm

ZBistro: 220 S. 6th St. 
Coffee drinks, hot & cold

Window Decorating Contest


Stay tuned for announcements for who is participating — and how you can vote!

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