Dec. 11, the Downtown Springfield Association is debuting an open-air Christmas Market featuring live performances, locally made goods and holiday treats at no cost to attend.

The holiday market will be open from 12-4 p.m. Dec. 11 on Park Central Square. Festivities include a live performance by the Central High School choir from 1-1:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. the annual Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade will start.

“There is something magical about a Christmas market and we’re excited to bring this experience to Springfield,” said DSA Event Manager Jennifer Moseley in a press release.

Citizens in attendance are encouraged to check out the 20 businesses participating in the Third Annual Team A.N.A. 417 Downtown Springfield Holiday Window Challenge, presented by the Downtown Springfield Association and local non-profit organization bringing awareness to acoustic neuromas, Team A.N.A. 417.

“The Christmas Market on the Square is two weeks before Christmas Day, so this will be a great chance to pick up locally-made gifts and support our city’s small businesses,” shared Moseley in the press release.

Christmas Market guests can look forward to holiday treats from booths by Hawk’s Popcorn and Rinds, Xurro's Handcrafted Spanish Donuts and The Coffee Ethic.

The Christmas Market looks forward to hosting booths by Ozark Mtn Flower Truck, Meffy’s Buddy’s, SOAP Refill Station and the art gallery Formed: An Artist Collective. In total the event anticipates eight vendors in addition to booths by parade sponsors.

“Our mission at the DSA is to cultivate and sustain a vibrant business community in Downtown. The Christmas Market on the Square fits perfectly with that mission,” said Communications Manager Jeff Kessinger in an interview with The Standard.

The Downtown Springfield Association will have a tent selling stickers, T-shirts, sweatshirts and enamel pins promoting the debut event.

“We would love to see the Christmas Market on the Square not only become an annual event but also grow,” Kessinger elaborates. “The DSA would love to add more vendors and maybe even extend it beyond just a few hours on the day of the Christmas parade. There is something very magical about a Christmas market and we want to bring that experience to Springfield.”


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