2019 Holiday Events & Parking Information

Way of Lights

November 22 - December 31, 5 - 9 PM

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Santa Parade  

Friday, November 29, 10 AM

Join us for this annual parade when Santa comes to town. 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

Join us in 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 horse-drawn trolley until 9 PM.

Belleville Christkindlmarkt

This open-air German Christmas Market on Belleville's Public Square features European vendors, German food and beverages, live entertainment, and demonstrations.

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Horse Drawn Trolley Rides

Weekends only, Fri., November 29 - Sun., December 22

Enjoy a free, round trip trolley ride through downtown Belleville, past the German Christmas Market, and around the beautifully decorated Veterans Memorial Fountain. 

Santa on the Square

Fri., November 29 - Tues., December 24

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


Gingerbread Festivities

Gingerbread Contest

If you like to bake and create, you'll want to register to enter this year's Gingerbread Contest. There are categories for all ages and all levels. All entries must be submitted on Sat., November 16 between 9am and Noon. View the Gingerbread contest entries in downtown merchant windows from November 21 - January 1. 

Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk

Run with the Gingerbread Man through downtown Belleville, Sat., December 7, 8:30am.

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. Be sure to pre-register; only 400 cookie bags are available.  

2019 Holiday Events Brochure

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

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

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