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Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Springfield, Illinois

From the Christmas Parade of Lights to the Old Capitol Holiday Walks, Springfield, Illinois is a holiday destination filled with history and a celebratory spirit during the winter season. Travelers and those heading home for the holidays can enjoy the sights and sounds with friends and family without breaking the bank by adding some sparkle and starting new annual traditions. Here are the best ways to celebrate the holidays in Springfield this year.

45th Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show

It’s a holiday rainbow of flora at Springfield’s much-anticipated annual Winter Holiday Floral Show. Visitors can take in the multi-colored poinsettia collection at the Washington Park Botanical Garden featuring 15-20 different varieties of poinsettias on display among decorated evergreens and lush tropical foliage. It’s an evening full of incredible scents, bursts of beauty and color and holiday cheer and it’s free every day through December 20.

Holidays at the Old State Capitol

Serving as a smorgasbord of delights, the Old State Capitol during the holidays is a not-to-be-missed sight! Beautiful decorations adorn the building while Santa greets children who can’t wait to share their wish lists with Old Saint Nick. Enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs provided by various local musical groups, while children make their very own holiday cards with free arts and crafts. Families are encouraged to come together and enjoy all that the Old State Capitol has to offer through December 22.

6th Annual Light Up the Park

'Tis the season of sparkle! A beautiful, memorable holiday event, the 6th Annual Light Up the Park is produced by the Chatham Friends of the Parks and is filled with large-scale, hand-built displays with over 100,000 lights that glow and glitter every night. Now through December 22nd, locals and visitors can take in the unforgettable and camera-worthy scene.

Old Capitol Holiday Walks

The best way to see the city all dressed up for the season is to walk it! The Old Capitol Holiday Walk is a fun and favorite event that offers a number of ways to spend an evening under the seasonal stars. Through December 22nd, visitors can join carolers, or enjoy holiday musical performances and even experience a horse-drawn carriage that’s sure to delight the kids. And, of course, the stores and restaurants are all dressed up for the season, providing a festive backdrop for shopping and dinner.

Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights

Take the walking experience to new heights at the Springfield Zoo. Hundreds of splendid, colorful twinkling lights are around every corner, lighting up pathways around the Zoo with spectacular sights and scenes. The zoo provides 3D glasses that make the colorful lights come to life with reindeer and candy cane shapes! See the zoo lights through December 30.

Take in the essence of the holiday season in Springfield, Illinois during the day and relax in the comfort of the State House Inn™, the newest destination hotel in the area. Part of The Red Collection by Red Roof, it’s fully renovated and located in the heart of downtown Springfield, putting travelers in the center of all the holiday action. Room rates start at $89, leaving more money to shop, dine and experience the season with friends and family. Holiday rooms are available for booking now at

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