2021 Holiday Events

2021 Holiday Events Brochure

2021 Holiday Events Brochure

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 Brochure 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.

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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. 

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. View a map of this year's Santa Parade Route.

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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 Ceremony, 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. View the 2021 Christkindlmarkt Calendar.

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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.

Movie Nights with Santa

Movie Nights with Santa

November 27, December 4 & 11

Enjoy Movie Nights with Santa at the historic Skyview Drive-In on November 27, December 4, and December 11.

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 Guides

Walking Guide to Downtown Belleville
Weather you live here or are visiting, we're sure you'll find the Walking Guide to Downtown Belleville a helpful and informative resource for finding great places to eat, shop, and be entertained in downtown Belleville.

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.

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