The Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, one of the Queen City’s most beloved holiday traditions, returns at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14. This year’s parade theme is "Silver Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the City," celebrating walkability and active transportation in the downtown neighborhood.
“This year has been big for walkability in Downtown Springfield,” Downtown Springfield Association Events Manager Jennifer Moseley said. “An America Walks micro-grant allowed us to add wayfinding signs with walking times across the neighborhood. The announcement of the BUILD Grant for the Grant Avenue Parkway, as well as the recent update on the daylighting of Jordan Creek, have also added excitement for the continued growth and revitalization of downtown.”
Guests are encouraged to stroll around downtown before and after the parade. Enjoy lunch or dinner, do some Christmas shopping and check out all the decorated storefront windows in the Team A.N.A. 417 Downtown Springfield Holiday Window Challenge. The Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District will be sponsoring free carriage rides around Park Central Square from 6-9 p.m., giving guests to make a day full of holiday memories downtown.
Mary Kromrey honored as Grand Marshal
This year, Ozark Greenways’ Mary Kromrey will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. Kromrey is the Executive Director for Ozarks Greenways.
“I’m very tickled to be this year’s Grand Marshal for the parade,” Kromrey said. “I value places where people can walk, bicycle, and wheel, and I encourage all of you to explore our lovely Downtown sans car. Our Downtown is full of public art, tasty treats, great shows, and shops full of friendly people. On behalf of my Ozark Greenways, we are excited about the possibilities that our continued partnership with the DSA will hold to help make our Downtown a place where folks may bike, walk and wheel to get to where they want to go. Added bonus: Ozark Greenways is looking forward to being a new ‘resident’ of Downtown in 2020! Round up your friends and family, bundle up, and join us on December 14 for this fun, wintertime event.”
Ozark Greenways’ mission is to build a trail system that connects and enhances the community. Kromrey has worked with the organization since 2016, when she joined the staff as Development & Civic Engagement Specialist. Kromrey was named to Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2015.
Free Art Day at Park Central Branch library
Create art, and memories, at the Springfield Regional Art Council’s Free Art Day. That event will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Park Central Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Parade maintains traditional route
The parade will follow the traditional route beginning at First Baptist Church and South Street Christian Church on South Avenue and continuing around Park Central Square and east toward the Springfield Expo Center. See the full route here.
Parade float and applications are still available
It’s not too late to be part of the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade. Applications for floats are still open. The DSA is also looking for volunteers. More information can be found on the official parade website.
The Downtown Christmas Parade is managed by the Downtown Springfield Association and presented by Penmac Staffing. The event is also made possible by the support of Mid-West Family Broadcasting, CenturyLink, the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District, Expedia Groupand KOLR10.