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.
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.
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.
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.