2017 Holiday Events & Parking Information

Santa Parade
Friday, November 24 at 10 AM
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Santa & Mrs. Claus
Join us for the Annual Santa Parade when Santa comes to town. Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, this tradition that began in 1952 is the largest parade in Southern Illinois, featuring floats, marching bands, dance groups, and the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus.

The parade route begins at 17th and West Main Streets and proceeds east on Main Street through the Public Square. It continues down East Main St. and ends at Forest Ave., near Union United Methodist Church.
For more information, visit bellevilleoptimist.org.


Visit Santa on the Square
November 24 - December 24
Santa's House
Santa's House on the Square
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville, Santa's House (circa 1963) on the Public Square is a perfect location for Santa and Mrs. Claus for the holidays.  
For more details on Santa House hours, visit bellevillesantahouse.com.

Christkindlmarkt Logo
Christkindlmarkt Logo

November  24 - December 23
Open Every Day,

FREE Admission

This open air German Christmas Market on Belleville's Public Square features European vendors, German food and beverages, and entertainment and demonstrations. Stop and shop before the Santa Parade. 
The Market opens at 9AM on Opening Day.

Market Hours:  Mon - Thurs, 11AM - 7PM
                         Fri & Sat, 10AM - 9PM
                         Sun, 10AM - 7PM

Visit the Live Reindeer at the market November 25 & December 2,8,17, and 22. 

View an 11 foot tall Glockenspiel Clock Sand Sculpture November 23 - December 25, created on site by sculptor, Ted Siebert. 

Opening Day Ceremony

November 24, 6PM                                                                       

Celebrate the official opening of the Christkindlmarkt with the Lighting of the Fountain and reading of the Proclamation by the Christkind at 6 PM followed by a FREE concert by Head East at 7 PM.  
For more information, visit bellevillechristkindlmarkt.com.


Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
November 24 - December 23
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, only
Horse Drawn Trolley
Horse Drawn Trolley
View downtown shops and restaurants from a unique perspective. Enjoy a free, round trip trolley ride that takes you around the beautifully decorated Veterans Memorial Fountain and passes through the open air German Christmas Market. Your ride will take you past decorated windows and streetlights, all under a canopy of white lights.

The Trolley Stop is located in the first block of East Main Street. Trolley rides are Free and are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

View the 2017 Trolley Schedule for exact dates and times.


Gingerbread Festivities
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Creation

28th Annual Gingerbread Contest

If you like to bake and create, 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 18. View the contest entries in downtown merchant windows from November 22 - January 1.

11th Annual Gingerbread 5K Run

Saturday, December 2

Run with the Gingerbread Man through downtown Belleville. Visit gingerbreadrun.com for more information, and to register for this event.

Gingerbread Cookie Day
Saturday, December 9

Purchase a Gingerbread Cookie Bag and collect 36 unique and delicious cookies as you stroll through downtown Belleville. For more information and registration, visit bellevillemainstreet.net

5th Annual Ringing of the Bells
Monday, January 1, 2018 at Noon
Hand Bells
Hand Bells
Bring your bells...cow bells, sleigh bells, jingle bells...to the northeast quad of the Public Square near Curt's Clock and be a part of this new annual tradition. Everyone is invited to help ring in the New Year in Belleville. 


2017 Holiday Events Brochure
2017 Holiday Events Brochure
View all of the above events and more in Belleville Tourism's 2017 Holiday Events Brochure

Downtown Parking
In addition to street parking, downtown Belleville offers several free parking lots for your convenience. View the Downtown Parking Map.