Visit the Way of Lights, November 22 - December 31, from 5 - 9 PM
Friday, November 29, 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 the 2019 Santa Parade Route Map.
Lighting of the Fountain
Friday, November 29, 6 PM
Join us near Santa's House on the Public Square as we officially light the magnificent Veterans Memorial Fountain, decorated by the Exchange Club of Belleville, to kick-off the Holiday Season. Sing Christmas carols with the Optimist Club of Belleville. Afterwards, shop the Christkindlmarkt until 8:30 PM and ride the Free Horse-Drawn Trolley until 9 PM.
The Belleville Christkindlmarkt, an open-air German Christmas Market on Belleville's Public Square, features European vendors, food, and beverages, along with live entertainment, demonstrations, and live reindeer on selected dates.
FREE Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
Weekends only, Fri., November 29 - Sun., December 22
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 Trolley Schedule for dates and times.
Santa on the Square
Fri., November 29 - Tues., 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. View Santa's Schedule for the 2019 holiday season.
Run with the Gingerbread Man through downtown Belleville, Sat., December 7, 8:30am, during the annual Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk.
Gingerbread Cookie Day
Purchase a Gingerbread Cookie Bag and collect more than 30 unique and delicious cookies as you stroll through downtown Belleville, Sat., December 14, 9am, onGingerbread Cookie Day. Be sure to pre-register; only 400 cookie bags are available.