1. Festival of Lights

    A flurry of downtown events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, festive lights. Check out the displays at Park Central Square, opening Nov. 17 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and at Jordan Valley Park, where light shows are programed to music for an enchanting stroll. Details and schedules at  Downtown Springfield 864-1049

    All ages
    Sat., Nov. 23: Mayor’s Tree Lighting
    Nov. 23-Jan. 1: Light displays
    Sat., Dec. 14: Christmas Parade
    Time ongoing, lights run 5:30-11 p.m.
    Light displays are free,
    check venues for admission

  2. Free Ice Skating

    Join us for free ice skating in honor of the Festival of Lights. $3 skate rental.  Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444

    All ages
    Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Nov. 28, 5-6 p.m.
    Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Dec. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Dec 25, 5-6 p.m.
    Free ($3/Skate rental)

  3. Gardens Aglow

    Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available.  Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    All ages
    Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 28
    5-8:30 p.m.
    $5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free

  4. Holiday Train Garden Display

    The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society. Donations accepted.   Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Dec. 1-31, Mon.-Sat.
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

  5. Candy Cane Lane

    Drive through the farm and enjoy dazzling farm-themed holiday displays and more than 10,000 lights. Hot cocoa available for purchase. Friday-Sunday nights only.  Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

    All ages
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-22, 5-8 p.m.

  6. Downtown Christmas Parade

    The Downtown Springfield Association invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at the 2019 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Dec. 14. This year’s theme is Silver Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the City. Details and schedules at  Downtown Springfield 864-1049

    All ages
    Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.