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Gillespie Holiday Sparkle @ Downtown Gillespie, IL

December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm CST

Gillespie Holiday Sparkle @ Downtown Gillespie, IL

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 9 AM – 6 PM –

An annual Christmas season tradition in downtown Gillespie, IL.

Event day guide

  • 9a: Santa arrives in downtown Gillespie
  • 9a – noon: Santa under gazebo at Pomatto Park next to Gillespie Civic Center for pictures
  • 9a – noon: Petting zoo near Lumpy’s Bar & Grill
  • 9a – 1p: Face painting inside Gillespie Civic Center
  • 9a – 1p: Christmas characters frolicking along Main Street
  • 9a – 12:30p: Children’s craft inside Gillespie Civic Center
  • 10a & 11a: Storytime at Gillespie Library
  • 10a – 6p: Main Street craft and food vendors open
  • 1 – 3p: Children’s Christmas movie inside Gillespie Civic Center
  • 1 – 5p: Firepits and s’mores at community Christmas Tree near United Community Bank
  • 1 – 5p: Live music at the community Christmas Tree
  • 3p: Santa Stampede 5k
  • 4 – 5p: Parade lineup
  • 5p: Lighted Christmas parade starts
  • All day: Find the ‘Holiday Ham Hotspots’ to enter to win a free ham 

The Santa Stampede is a 5K Run/Walk as part of the Holiday Sparkle in Gillespie, IL. It will be professionally timed and the course will go through Gillespie, starting and finishing at the corner of Montgomery and Chestnut, by the Community Garden. Dressing up is encouraged: Christmas costumes, lights, etc. Any proceeds will benefit the Gillespie High School and Middle School Cross Country teams. Race fee is $10, and a t-shirt for the event is $15. A Kids Fun Run of apprxomately half a mile is at 3:45 for ages 10 and under and is free. Registration site is: https://runsignup.com/thesantastampede5k

Event by Gillespie Holiday Sparkle


December 17, 2022
9:00 am - 6:00 pm CST
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Downtown Gillespie
S. Macoupin St.
Gillespie, IL 62033 United States
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