Each year, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is honored to kick off the holiday season by officially lighting the “Mayor’s Tree” in Park Central Square. This tradition has grown tremendously over the past few years, morphing from primarily a children’s event to one which captures the attention of the entire community and draws spectators from around the region.

In recent years, the event has become an entertaining showcase of performing artists, bringing cultural institutions like Springfield Ballet, and Springfield Little Theatre, to a whole new generation of Springfieldians who may not have access to experience the joy of the arts.


Watch the Mayor's annual tree-lighting at home on KY3 from 7-8 p.m., November 19, or join us on Park Central Square to watch on the big screen!


Snap a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Park Central Square!

6:30-9 p.m.


Enjoy local, talented performing artists live and via video.

Live: 6:20-7 p.m. | Video: 7-9 p.m.


Children: join Mayor Ken McClure on stage in Park Central Square for the annual reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Free books while supplies last, courtesy of the Mayor’s Commission on Children.

6 p.m.


FREE holiday cookies and hot chocolate will be available on Park Central Square during the show.

6:30-9 p.m. While supplies last!


Enjoy FREE ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Park and holiday lighting at Jordan Valley Park. Admission is free; $3 skate rental or bring your own.

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6-7 p.m.
See the full schedule.


FREE horse-drawn carriage rides around the Square will make for a lovely experience.

6-9 p.m.


Enjoy a FREE lighted holiday train ride in Park Central Square

6:30-9 p.m.


Check out itsalldowntown.com for free, paid and private parking options.

Featured Performers

2022: Continuing the Arts Tradition

The City of Springfield is partnering with the members of Springfields performing arts community and Springfield Regional Arts Council to stage a phenomenal holiday show in the tradition of Springfield’s impressive and deep entertainment roots.

The show will culminate with the live tree lighting by the mayor from Park Central Square.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Holiday Show is only the beginning! The event serves as the kickoff for the annual Festival of Lights, coordinated by Downtown Community Improvement District.

About Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC)

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The The Springfield Regional Arts Council mission is transforming lives and enriching our community through the arts!

SRAC’s team works to connect people and the arts. We support some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary, and film/media arts organization within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri and with the help of generous donors like you, we can accomplish even more!

Looking for ways to get more involved in your arts community? Visit www.springfieldarts.org

Support the Cause!


Need info? Want to join the fun?
Contact Event Director Cora Scott:
417-380-3352 | Email

Hosted by:

Mayor Ken McClure and the City of Springfield
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Big thanks to our incredible partners who are making this year's show possible!

Event Partners

Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District
Hotel Vandivort
Missouri State University
Springfield Regional Arts Council