2018 Holiday Events & Parking Information

Santa Parade
Friday, November 23 at 10:00 AM
 
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Santa & Mrs. Claus
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 Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Due to construction that will be underway from 6th - 12th Street, this year's parade route will begin at North 3rd Street and will proceed down West Main St., through the Public Square, and down East Main St. to N. Oak St. 
  
For more information, visit bellevilleoptimist.org.

 





Visit Santa on the Square
November 23 - 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
Christkindlmarkt Logo
Christkindlmarkt Logo

November  23 - 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 24 & December 1, 7, 16 and 21. 
 
      
            


Opening Day Ceremony

November 23, 6:00 PM                                                                       
 


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 performed by Dogs of Society Elton John Rock Tribute at 6:30 PM.  
  
For more information, visit bellevillechristkindlmarkt.com.

 


 
Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
November 23 - 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 2018 Trolley Schedule for exact dates and times.

  

Gingerbread Festivities
   
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Creation

29th 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 17. View the contest entries in downtown merchant windows from November 21 - January 1.

12th Annual Gingerbread 5K Run

Saturday, December 1


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 8

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

    

6th Annual Ringing of the Bells

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 12:00 Noon Bring your bells to the Public Square near Curt's Clock, and start a New Year's tradition by ringing in the New Year at the annual Ringing of the Bells event.

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2018 Holiday Events Brochure

View all of the above events, and more, in Belleville Tourism'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.

2018 Holiday Brochure Cover Image