Old Capitol Holiday Walks
Saturdays, 10am-7pm and Wednesdays, 5-8pm, Nov. 14 through Dec. 19. The Old Capitol Holiday Walks are starting early this year to give you plenty of time to shop and enjoy all of the fun. The unique, locally owned downtown shops are pulling out all of the stops for the most magical time of the year. Downtown Springfield, 217-544-1723.
Stuff the Sleigh for Springfield
Wednesdays, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 5-8pm. The Springfield Jaycees are accepting new toys, books, warm weather gear and non-perishable food items for local organizations such as the Northside Children's Community Library, HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, and others. The chapter will also be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items for distribution to local micro pantries. Drive up for no-contact drop offs at the corner of Fifth and Jackson streets. Part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Find the event on Facebook. Illinois Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St.
Memorial's Festival of Trees
Sat., Nov. 21 through Sun., Nov. 29. This year's virtual format will allow people from all over the world the opportunity to view beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Guests to the virtual platform will also be able to vote for their favorite item in all three design categories of trees and wreaths. This year's theme is A Season of Hope. Find the event on Facebook. 217-788-4301.
Old Capitol Farmers Holiday Market
Saturdays, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Dec. 1, 9am-12pm. Find locally grown produce, baked goods, craft items, art and holiday gifts. This year's market will be held both inside and outside to accommodate social distancing. Anvil and Forge Brewing and Distilling Company, 619 E. Washington St., 217-544-1723.
Light up the Park
Every Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 27 through Dec. 27. Drive through over a mile of 100,000+ brilliant holiday lights, sculptures, arches and more. An annual drive-thru holiday light display. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St., Chatham.
The Nativities of St. Francis of Assisi Church
Fri., Dec. 4, 7-8pm. Host Dan Frachey, Chiara Center program director, will broadcast from St. Francis of Assisi Church. He will discuss the 1920s stained glass window of Greccio, Italy and its significance of a Nativity scene tradition. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom info. 217-523-0901.