2021 Holiday Events

2021 Holiday Events Brochure

2021 Holiday Events Calendar

If you're looking for fun things to do this holiday season, Belleville has a great list to choose from. View the 2021 Holiday Events Calendar and start planning your fun!

Way of Lights

November 19 - December 31, 5 - 9 PM

Winter sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows' Annual Way of Lights Christmas display.

Way of Lights Tunnel
2010-11-21 Rapunzel Gingerbread Creation 006.jpg

Gingerbread Creations on Display

November 24 - January 4

Take a stroll on Main St. in downtown Belleville to view the award winning gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. 

Watch for this year's Gingerbread Contest Winners List and a Gingerbread Location Guide so you can be sure to see them all.

Santa Parade  

Friday, November 26, 10 AM

Join us for the annual Santa Parade. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, this tradition began in 1952 and is the largest parade in Southern Illinois, featuring floats, marching bands, dance groups, and the arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Claus. 

If your organization would like to participate in this year's parade, find out how by viewing the 2021 Optimist Club Holiday Greeting, Santa Parade Guidelines, and Santa Parade Entry Form. But hurry, entry forms are due by November 5, 2021.  

Santa in Sleigh
Christmas - Veterans Memorial Fountain IMG_5441 - Copy

Lighting of the Fountain 

Friday, November 26, 6 PM

The Exchange Club of Belleville decorates the magnificent Veterans Memorial Fountain with holiday lights every year. Join us near Santa's House on the Public Square for the official Lighting of the Fountain, holiday music, and caroling led by the Optimist Club of Belleville. Afterwards, shop the Christkindlmarkt and ride the Free Horse-Drawn Trolley.

Belleville Christkindlmarkt

November 26 - December 23

The 8th Annual Belleville Christkindlmarkt, an open-air German Christmas Market on Belleville's Public Square, features unique vendors, food, and beverages, along with live entertainment.

Visit the Belleville Christkindlmarkt website for Market dates and hours, vendor information, and special activities and events.

BV market logo 2 - Copy.jpg
Trolley 2010 006.jpg

FREE Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, November 26 - December 19

Enjoy a free, round trip, horse drawn trolley ride through downtown Belleville, past the German Christmas Market and around the beautifully decorated Veterans Memorial Fountain. View the 2021 Trolley Schedule for dates and times.

Santa on the Square

 November 26 - December 24

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville since 1963, Santa's House on the Public Square is located near the Christkindlmarkt; the perfect location for Santa during the holidays. Watch for Santa's Schedule for the 2021 holiday season.


Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk

Sat., December 4, 8:30 AM

Run with the Gingerbread Man through downtown Belleville during the annual Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk. The event begins and ends at the Belleville Parks and Recreation office at 510 W. Main St.

Gingerbread Cookie Walk

Sat., December 11, 9:00 AM 

Purchase a bag and collect more than 30 unique and delicious cookies as you stroll through downtown Belleville on the Gingerbread Cookie Walk, hosted by Belleville Main Street. Be sure to pre-register; only 400 cookie bags are available.  

Downtown Parking Guide

In addition to street parking, downtown Belleville offers several free parking lots for your convenience. These lots can be found on the Downtown Parking Guide.

Downtown Parking Guide Opens in new window