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.
2021: Continuing the Arts Tradition
The City of Springfield is once again partnering with the Ozarks Performing Arts League, (OPAL) a consortium of performing arts organizations, 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.
The Ozarks Performing Arts League (OPAL) is a voluntary collaboration between Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Ballet, Ozarks Lyric Opera and the Springfield Regional Arts Council - four of the Ozark region’s leading arts organizations working together to help offset the devasting consequences of COVID-9 upon the arts economy.
OPAL has established a fund managed by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks which will oversee all financial transactions. All donations will be processes through the CFO site and ultimately disbursed equally by the CFO to OPAL members.
Donated funds will be used to:
- Offset revenue losses caused by COVID-19.
- Rebuild patron confidence of their safety and security in local arts venues.
- Adapt and present performance content for the new normal.
- Create awareness about the creative sector for our local economy.
For more information about OPAL, visit opalarts.org or call 417-864-6199.
Mayor Ken McClure and the City of Springfield
Big thanks to our incredible partners who are making this year's show possible!