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Effingham Hometown Christmas @ Downtown Effingham, IL

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Effingham Hometown Christmas @ Downtown Effingham, IL

Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2 PM – 8 PM –

Make plans to come to downtown Effingham to kick off your holiday season at Hometown Christmas, presented by the Downtown Effingham Business Group and McHugh Hospitality Group/Hampton Inn & Suites.

Downtown will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Saturday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will be packed full of activities for the young and young at heart.

The Mistletoe Market will return to this year’s event. Many vendors and artisans will be in the Holiday Tent offering a variety of gift and food items on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hot chocolate, coffee, kettle corn, along with food, treats and drinks will be available for sale as well.

Before Santa’s arrival on Saturday, attendees can Sip n’ Shop at the XCHNG from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. then head over to the Old Courthouse Lawn to enjoy a photo op with LIVE reindeer from Dahnke Farms and special holiday characters. There will be music, horse drawn carriage rides, Christmas cookie decorating, children’s tractor pulled train rides and other family friendly activities throughout the afternoon.

The Centenary United Methodist Church will also host a live nativity display from 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you love parades (and who doesn’t!) and are in the holiday spirit, be sure to welcome Santa as he joins our Lighted Christmas Parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. 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. Effingham County businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate in the parade – limited spots!

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 5:30 pm with the official lighting of the tree taking place immediately after.

Visit us downtown for merrymaking, outdoor fun, and guaranteed smiles!

Businesses helping to brighten this year’s event include McHugh Hospitality Group/Hampton Inn & Suites, Effingham Builders Supply, Heartland Dental, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Linders Limited LLC-Blake & Laura Linders, Premier Broadcasting, Washington Savings Bank, Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics, Brookstone Estates Effingham, The Heart Theatre, Southtown Car Wash, Tracy Willenborg, Layna Bond, Effingham Performance Center, XCHNG, Kirby Foods IGA, The Royal School of Cosmetology, University of Illinois Master Gardeners, and FACE Christmas Orchestra.

Schedule of Events:

1-3p | Winter Market Sip ‘n Shop @ The XCHNG
2-3:30p | 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
Cookies provided by Layna Bond, American Family Insurance

Event by Experience Downtown Effingham


December 3
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
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Downtown Effingham
Effingham, IL 62401 United States + Google Map