Watch the Mayor's annual tree-lighting at home on KY3 from 7-8 p.m., November 20 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!

6-7:30 p.m. & 8-9 p.m.


Through collaboration with the Ozarks Performing Arts League (OPAL), you'll enjoy great performances from our talented local artists!


Stay around after the show and take the kiddos to hear 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' read at Park Central Square Library.

8-9 p.m.


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

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. 20 from 5:45-6:45 p.m.


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


Enjoy a FREE lighted holiday train ride in Park Central Square from 6-9 p.m.


Check out for free, paid and private parking options.

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.

Featured Performers

  • Jazz guitarist/vocalist Shaun Munday
  • Vocalist Emalee Flatness
  • Vocalist Matthew Huchteman
  • Michael Spyres of the Ozarks Lyric Opera
  • Springfield Ballet
  • Springfield Little Theatre
  • Springfield Symphony
  • Grupo Latino Americano
  • Jessie Cowen
  • Missouri State University's Hibernotes

About OPAL

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:

  1. Offset revenue losses caused by COVID-19.
  2. Rebuild patron confidence of their safety and security in local arts venues.
  3. Adapt and present performance content for the new normal.
  4. Create awareness about the creative sector for our local economy.

Support the Cause!

For more information about OPAL, visit or call 417-864-6199.


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
Gillioz Theatre
Ozarks Performing Arts League