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Downtown Effingham will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend and will be packed full of activities for the young and young at heart. If you love parades (and who doesn’t!) and are in the holiday spirit, be sure to join in welcoming Santa as he joins this Lighted Christmas Parade beginning at 5pm. The Lighted Christmas Parade is new to this year’s event and will travel down Jefferson St., bringing Santa to his house on the Old Courthouse Square.
The official City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree Lighting will also be held on Saturday evening and will take place on the Old Courthouse Lawn, The St. Anthony Intermediate Choir will be performing at 5:00 pm with the official lighting of the tree taking place at approximately 5:30 pm.
The Mistletoe Market will return to this year’s event. More than a dozen vendors and artisans will be in the Holiday Tent offering a variety of gift and food items on Saturday from 3pm – 7pm.
In addition to Santa’s arrival on Saturday, attendees will also enjoy meeting and having a photo op with LIVE reindeer from Dahnke Farms, special holiday characters, music, horse drawn carriage rides, a visit with Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, children’s tractor pulled train rides and other family friendly activities throughout the afternoon.
The Centenary United Methodist Church will host a live nativity display from 4:30pm – 5pm.
Hot chocolate, coffee, kettle corn, along with food, treats and drinks will be available for sale as well.
1-3p | Winter Market Sip ‘n Shop @ The XCHNG2-3:30p | LIVE Reindeer Pictures with Dahnke Farms 2-4p | Effingham Performance Center Sing-along @ Gazebo 2-5p | Train Rides 2-6p | Santa’s Workshop @ County Building Cookie Decorating by Kirby’s IGA Reindeer Food by The Royal School of Cosmetology Bulb Planting by U of I Master Gardeners 3-7p | Mistletoe Market (incl. food trucks) 4-7p | Horse & Carriage Rides 4:30-5p | Live Nativity by Centenary United Methodist Church @ Gazebo 5p | Lighted Parade with Santa 5p | FACE Christmas Orchestra @ Old Courthouse Museum 5:30p | Lighting of the Christmas Tree 5:30-6:15p | St. Anthony Grade School Intermediate Choir 5:30-8p | Santa House Hours