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., 12/20/2014
E.g., 12/20/2014
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
2014-12-03 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.
2014-12-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-23 00:00:00
Location: Henson Robinson Zoo
Walk around the Zoo and see it in a festive light.
2014-12-06 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden
The Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias amongst the tropical collection. Poinsettias, tropical plants, and evergreens will overflow the Exhibit Hall for a stunning display.
2014-12-19 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-22 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - LRS Theatre
The Hoogland's 3rd Annual, A Very Hoogland Christmas. A Christmas concert featuring classic holiday tunes, contemporary Christmas music and beautiful sacred music as well.
2014-12-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-20 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Illinois Bldg
Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets will include at least 35 of vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, and Illinois wine. Although the late fall and winter seasons are generally believed to be a time where there is very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, many farmers have found inventive ways to extend their growing seasons well into the winter months. Fresh greens, garlic, potatoes, squash, radishes, carrots, apples and many other varieties of produce will also be available. Not only is this an opportunity to purchase delicious, seasonal food for the upcoming holidays, but it also gives you one last opportunity to stock up on local foods before the winter. Lunch will be available for purchase and the University of Illinois extension will be hosting kids’ activities, making the holiday market a family friendly affair. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Slow Food Springfield, Illinois Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois Extension, and Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
2014-12-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-20 00:00:00
Location: Elijah Iles House
Take a tour the oldest home in Springfield by candlelight.
2014-12-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-20 00:00:00
Location: 3601 Buckeye Dr
Community interfaith sing-along of Handel’s Messiah Oratorio. All are welcome—all faiths, all levels of talent. Bring your own score (Schirmer’s would be ideal).
2014-12-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-20 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Pop-up cards are fun and easy to make. Start with a homemade paper snowflake and end up with a beautiful card that POPS!
2014-12-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-20 00:00:00
Location: The Legacy Theatre
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest Christmas films of all time, White Christmas and the new Christmas classic, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation shown bigger than life on the Legacy's grand screen! Just like the old days...the theater is filled with Christmas music, the scent of popcorn is in the air; the lights dim, the red velvet curtain parts, and glorious movie magic begins! Bring the whole family for this special holiday treat! Concessions/Bar Open at 6:00pm White Christmas begins at 7pm Christmas Vacation begins at 9:30pm Tickets are $10 for one film or $15 for the Double Feature
2014-12-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
You are invited to Willie Lincoln's birthday party! Enjoy a birthday treat, play 19th Century games, and hear stories about the second-youngest Lincoln son from historians. Items related to Willie's life, including letters written by him, will be on display. A historian talk will happen at 11 am and 2 pm in the museum plaza.
2014-12-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
Visit the Dana-Thomas House-A Frank Lloyd Wright Design as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
2014-12-27 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-27 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Don’t get triple-dog-dared to touch your tongue to a cold metal pole without knowing what would happen! Learn how temperature, ice, and salt work in this winter weather experiment.
2014-12-31 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
28th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield tradition. Free children's activities from 1pm-4pm at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 6:15pm. From 7pm-11pm, over 30 performances around historic downtown Springfield.