Mike McDorman, President & CEO
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
It is that time of year again when we get together with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings that we have all been given. It is also time for our whole community to come together to kick off the Christmas season in a very festive way.
Center City Association’s Holiday in the City, which is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is arguably one of the best events of its kind anywhere. In its 16th year, the celebration kicks off the holiday season in style right in the heart of Springfield’s downtown.
The festival includes many attractions for the whole family to enjoy, especially the little ones. Along with the community Christmas tree, and decorative lights that can be seen on buildings throughout the core block, there is the popular Santa Land and a carousel. There are also street performers, 15 food trucks and vendors, along with many other fun activities happening throughout the core block of downtown. Holiday in the City culminates with Santa’s Arrival, a grand illumination of downtown, and a dazzling fireworks display that will “WOW” the youngest to the oldest in the crowd.
Lori Houseman, Holiday in the City Coordinator, along with the committee and many volunteers hopes you will come to the special festivities happening in downtown this Saturday. You will witness the progress being made with the resurgence of office, retail, and restaurant activity happening in our downtown. You will also get to see the hard work being done by many key stakeholders, and by the City of Springfield, as we seek to move our downtown forward. Community events like this one only help highlight these important investments being made in our Center City.
As we all enjoy our time together with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday, let us not forget to stop and thank the one who gave each of us our many blessings. Let us also not forget to take time and enjoy all our great city has to offer; and that includes one of our community’s biggest events, Holiday in the City!
Blessings to you and your family during this week of Thanksgiving!