2019 Holiday Events & Parking Information

Way of Lights

Visit the Way of Lights, November 22 - December 31, from 5 - 9 PM

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Santa Parade  

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.

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Lighting of the Fountain 

Friday, November 29, 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 until 8:30 PM and ride the Free Horse-Drawn Trolley until 9 PM.

Belleville Christkindlmarkt

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. View the complete schedule of events.

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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.


Gingerbread Festivities

Gingerbread Festivities abound in Belleville during the holidays!

Gingerbread Contest

Congratulations to this year's Gingerbread Contest Winners! View the spectacular gingerbread creations in downtown merchant windows from November 21 - January 1. Print a complete Gingerbread Location Guide so you can be sure to see them all.

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Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk

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, on Gingerbread Cookie Day Be sure to pre-register; only 400 cookie bags are available.  

Downtown Belleville Walking Guide

Experience the unique shopping, dining, and entertainment options available in downtown Belleville. 

Print the handy Walking Guide to Downtown Belleville, published by Belleville Main Street, to help guide you to all of the opportunities.

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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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Ringing of the Bells

Ring in the New Year at the Ringing of the Bells event.

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2019 Holiday Events Brochure

View all of the above events, and more, in this year's Holiday Events Brochure.

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