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Springfield Kicks Off Festival of Lights Tonight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield’s Center City will host a flurry of activities for the 2013 Festival of Lights season. It all kicks off tonight, Saturday, Nov. 23rd with an evening full of events.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield’s Center City will host a flurry of activities for the 2013 Festival of Lights season. It all kicks off tonight, Saturday, Nov. 23rd with an evening full of events.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Jordan Valley Park -  Join Mayor Bob Stephens for music, entertainment and the lighting of the 33-foot tree. Then parade over to Hammons Field for free hot chocolate and fireworks.   (Note:  The Springfield Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 14 from 2-4pm, starting at Elm and South Avenue.)

Illumination Celebration at the Tower Club, 5:00 p.m. - Enjoy a festive buffet, music, and a stunning view of the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Cardinals Fireworks from up above Jordan Valley Park. Open to the public. Call 866-4466 for reservations.

Park Central Square Tree Lighting, 8:00 p.m.  - Cap off the night with live music and entertainment as we flip the switch in Park Central Square.

Other Festival of Lights activities throughout November and December include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, a loft walk, Christmas light displays in Jordan Valley Park, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade and First Night Springfield.

Again this year, there will be free ice skating sessions at the Mediacom Ice Park for the Festival of Lights.
Free admission - Skate Rental $2.50
Each session is 1 hour long except for the very first session on November 23, immediately following the Festival of Lights Kickoff.
The dates are:
Saturday November 23:  6 pm - 8 pm
Thursday November 28:  5 pm - 6 pm
Friday November 29:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday December 14:  7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Saturday December 21:  5 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday December 25:  5 pm - 6 pm


And the History Museum on the Square will host a special exhibit on Saturday, November 23 as part of the Festival of Lights kickoff.
Downtown Christmas on Route 66   6:00pm - 1:00am
Windows on Boonville exhibit will show vintage images of the Square and take you back in time to when major department stores had elaborate, animated Christmas window displays.
Address:  155 Park Central, Springfield
Jerry L. Rice’s nostalgic painting and old images of visits with Santa and downtown shopping on historic Route 66.
The History Museum on the Square will also be open that evening from 6-8 pm where you may visit our Route 66 Exhibit @ 155 Park Central and enjoy more unique images and new artifacts from Heer’s!
$5 for Adults & $3 for Kids (2 and under free) Free cocoa and cookies for museum guests!


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