The downtown Springfield square will be alive with the Christmas spirit on Saturday night as the Mayor and city officials hold a celebration to light the city’s official Christmas tree.
The event on Park Central Square will feature live music, performances from dance troupes, and free hot chocolate for all. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting to follow about an hour later.
“It’s one of my favorite nights of the year,” Springfield Mayor Ken McClure told OI. “It’s a great night for the community to come together in the holiday spirit. There’s free ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Park, and Santa Claus will be paying us a visit on the square!”
Performers for the event include the Springfield Ballet, Emalee Flatness, Matthew Hechteman, Studio VIE, and Princesses of the 417.
Free horse and buggy rides will be taking place through downtown during the event.
The tree is a blue spruce that is more than 20 feet tall and was grown inside the Springfield city limits.
There is no admission cost for the event.