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Downtown Effingham Hometown Christmas 2023
Join in celebrating cherished Christmas traditions and creating unforgettable family memories at the Downtown Effingham Hometown Christmas!
Enjoy enchanting horse-drawn carriage rides, whimsical tractor train rides, meet adorable live reindeer, and be entertained by beloved Christmas and Disney characters.
Sip on warm and delightful hot drinks, savor kettle corn, and have a blast at Santa’s workshop filled with festive fun!
10a-3p | Downtown Effingham Hometown Christmas Shopping*
11:30a-1:30p | Lunch with Santa @ Joe’s Pizza*
12p-3p | Hair Tinsel Bar @ Humbled Soul Boutique*
3p-5p | Santa’s Workshop (heated tent in the City parking lot)
- Bulb Planting by the University of Illinois Master Gardeners
- Christmas Activity by C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp.
- Christmas Coloring by Effingham Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS)
- Christmas Craft by Effingham County Case Managers
- Cookie Decorating by Kirby Foods IGA & HTC Volunteers
- Face Painting by StangARTs
- Reindeer Food by The Royal School of Cosmetology
3p-5p | Christmas & Disney Characters by Effingham Performance Center Theatre Camp and EHS Drama Club
3p-5p | Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
3p-5p | LIVE Reindeer by Dahkne Family Farms
3p-5p | Tractor Train Rides by Bahrns Equipment, Inc., Roepke Overhead Door & Y-Yard
3p-6p | Macklin Kettle Corn* & Joe Sippers Cafe* Beverage Cart
5p | Lighted Christmas Parade (starting at Beanstalk Boutique, heading down Jefferson Ave & ending at Santa’s House)
5:45p-8p | Santa Arrives! Santa House hours with cookies provided by Layna Bond & Associates, LLC – American Family Insurance
6:15p | FACE Orchestra & Christmas Choir @ Old Courthouse Museum
Get ready to be dazzled! Enjoy the spectacular Lighted Christmas Parade, a magical evening of holiday cheer and twinkling lights. Watch as beautifully decorated floats, festive vehicles, and singing elves illuminate the streets, spreading warmth and joy to all. Bring your friends and family to experience the enchantment of this delightful holiday tradition.