Things To Do


Step back in time as history comes to life, enjoy classic cars and music of a bygone era, or savor the best in bar-b-que and blues. You'll find hundreds of special events happening all year long.

E.g., 11/23/2014
E.g., 11/23/2014
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-23 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Military Museum
Learn the importance of World War I and the Illinois National Guard’s contribution to the Allied victory. The event features uniformed re-enactors, a recreated trench with WWI military equipment and battle reenactments.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-30 00:00:00
Location: Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite care by area designers; a centerpiece and gingerbread structure silent auction; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves' Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2016-02-29 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This exhibit focuses on Lincoln's best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln's transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln's death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display.
2014-11-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-24 00:00:00
Location: Chatham Community Park
More Lights, More Displays, More Fun! The Chatham Friends of the Parks are proud to present the second annual Light Up the Park. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2013, this year is looks to be brighter and more beautiful! Large-scale, hand-bulit display fills the park with over 30,000 lights the set the park a glow. The event runs every Friday and Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
This is a car that runs on your own breath of air! Engineer a wind powered car with simple stuff like index cards and Lifesavers! Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Recommended for the whole family and suggested for ages 3-10.
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
THE ALLEY CATS began at Fullerton College in California, and landed their first professional gig at Disneyland's Blast to the Past. Soon after, they appeared on TV, radio shows, corporate events, Performing Arts Centers, fairs, festivals, schools, and even a USO show aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier welcoming home the troops from Iraq. THE ALLEY CATS have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and have appeared as his opening act in Las Vegas.
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Urban Sassafras
Join us on Shop Local Saturday for a Holiday Open House! We have been decking our halls with Christmas cheer decor - come visit and see all of our new items! Purchase locally made gifts for family friends, while enjoying... - FREE DIY winter terrariums - Refreshments Snacks - $5 OFF your purchase of $25 - FREE ornament with every purchase
2014-12-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-01 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS
Come create one ornament to take home and one ornament to put on the SCHEELS Kids Klub tree to be displayed in the youth department at SCHEELS. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).
2014-12-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-01 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Acclaimed as the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspirting audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the nine members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group. All is Calm relives the story of an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying each others' dead. This brought to life by actors, along with traditional music performed by Cantus. Cantus beautifully weaves a tapestry of sound, drawing from patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval Scottish ballads and holiday carols from England, Wales, France and Germany. This remarkable true story, told through the words and music of the men who lived it, provides the opportunity to stop and reflect on overcoming fear and encouraging peace.
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-01-02 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-04 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
Held December 3, 4, 10, and 17. 5-8 pm each evening. SHOP LOCAL! 30+ shops and restaurants featuring unique shopping and dining. Festive holiday atmosphere with free Santa House, family entertainment and horse drawn trolley and shuttle van.
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-03 00:00:00
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. 7th, Springfield, IL 62701
Eddy Flute Choir — Debbie Eddy, director. The half-hour - midday - free concerts offer a variety of musical presentations by the finest local and visiting artists. The audience is invited to enjoy lunch during the concerts, and brown bag lunches may be purchased at the door for $5. You may bring your own lunch, if you wish.
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-03 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Abraham and Mary Lincoln will be reading holiday stories in the Old State Capitol after the tree lighting on the Plaza. Families can enjoy games and holiday crafts inside the historic building. Sponsored by Staab Funeral Home.
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-03 00:00:00
Location: Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed home will be open for evening tours (5:00, 6:00, 7:00pm). Chamber groups from the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will play in the gallery (6:00-7:30pm) where Susan Dana entertained guests more than 100 years ago. The Sumac Shop will be open for holiday gift buying. Historic Site will be open from 5 pm - 8 pm.
2014-12-04 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-04 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Abraham and Mary Lincoln will be reading holiday stories in the Old State Capitol. Families can enjoy games and holiday crafts inside the historic building. Sponsored by Staab Funeral Home.