Events


  1. Festival of Lights Free Ice Skating


    Free public skating with a $3 skate rental. Mediacom Ice Park 866-7444

    All ages
    Nov. 17, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
    Nov. 22, 5-6 p.m.
    Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Dec. 25, 5-6 p.m.
    Free with a $3 skate rental

  2. Evening Strolls through the Garden


    Walk through the Japanese Garden and take in winter’s subtle beauty highlighted with festive lights. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    All ages
    Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    $4 per adult, free for 12 and under with paid adult
    FOG and SSCA members are free

  3. 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 537-5949

    All ages
    Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16, from 5-8 p.m.
    $5 per vehicle

  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. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

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

  5. Kindergarten/1st Grade Winter Break Camp


    Take a two-day adventure exploring animals from all around the world. From the tiniest to the largest, come celebrate animals from all walks of life. Dress for weather and bring a sack lunch. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Grades K-1
    December 27 and 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    $75/FOZ Member
    $90/Non-member

  6. Pre-K Day Winter Break Class


    Celebrate animals from all walks of life, from itty-bitty to gigantic, and everything in between! Includes animal encounters, snack and craft. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    4-5 yrs. who have not started K (no parents)
    Sat., December 29 from 9 a.m.-Noon
    $20/FOZ Member
    $30/Non-member

  7. Ritter Springs Cave Tours


    A true caving adventure awaits you on this tour in Ritter Springs Park. Walk, crawl, and slide your way through Bat Cave on this once a year caving experience. Participants should expect to get completely covered in mud. This tour requires extended amounts of crawling in spaces that might be tight. Spots are limited. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps. Register by January 18.

    Ages 12 yrs. and up
    Saturday, January 19 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
    Sunday, January 20 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
    $10/Person

  8. Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour


    This exclusive tour includes a full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, consisting of a hiking tour that highlights the caves of Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Pack snacks and water. Transportation provided. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights. Register by February 8.

    Ages 6 yrs. and up
    February 9 at 11 a.m. (Tour 1) and 12 p.m. (Tour 2)
    February 10 at 11 a.m. (Tour 1) and 12 p.m. (Tour 2)
    $15/Person

  9. Sequiota Cave Boat Tours


    Slowly paddle through Sequiota Cave learning its myths, facts, and history. Dates subject to weather and bat activity. Space is limited. Participants encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights. Register by March 1 and March 8.

    Ages 6 yrs. and up
    March 2-3, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    March 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    $8/Adult
    $6/Youth (6-15 yrs.)
  1. Fri Dec. 14

    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.
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  2. Sat Dec. 15

    Handmade Wreath Workshop Create your own wreath with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Classes limited to 12, registration required. Or book your own group for a private decorating party anytime through the holidays!
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  3. Sat Dec. 15

    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.
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