1. Training for the Trot

    Be a part of Springfield’s Thanksgiving Day Tradition! Get ready for the 25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park. Designed for individuals who want to run a 5K race for the first time, get back to running or who want to train with a group. Program fee includes registration for Turkey Trot and a Training for the Trot t-shirt. Register by Oct. 4.  Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

    16 yrs. and up
    Tues., 6. p.m.
    Oct. 8-Nov. 26
    $45, includes Turkey Trot registration

  2. 25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

    Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri! Turkey Trot takes place in downtown Springfield Thanksgiving morning, with four race categories: Elite, Runner, Walker and Family/Pet. Trophies for overall winners and medals for each age group. Build up your Thanksgiving appetite while benefiting the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Bring five items or five pounds of food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. Register online here.  Downtown Springfield 837-5817

    All ages
    Thurs., Nov. 28, 8 a.m.
    Early-bird registration by Fri., Nov. 22
    (postmarked by Tues., Nov. 19):
    $20/Adult, $15/Child

    Registration in person only,
    at Springfield Expo Center, Nov. 27-28:
    $30/Adult, $25/Child

  3. Festival of Lights

    A flurry of downtown events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, festive lights. Check out the displays at Park Central Square, opening Nov. 17 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and at Jordan Valley Park, where light shows are programed to music for an enchanting stroll. Details and schedules at  Downtown Springfield 864-1049

    All ages
    Sat., Nov. 23: Mayor’s Tree Lighting
    Nov. 23-Jan. 1: Light displays
    Sat., Dec. 14: Christmas Parade
    Time ongoing, lights run 5:30-11 p.m.
    Light displays are free,
    check venues for admission

  4. Free Ice Skating

    Join us for free ice skating in honor of the Festival of Lights. $3 skate rental.  Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444

    All ages
    Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Nov. 28, 5-6 p.m.
    Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Dec. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Dec 25, 5-6 p.m.
    Free ($3/Skate rental)

  5. Mayor's Tree Lighting

    The 2019 Festival of Lights Kickoff and Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Park Central Square on Saturday, Nov. 23 will include a variety of entertainment and free activities for all ages. Details and schedules at  Downtown Springfield 864-1049

    All ages
    Sat., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.

  6. PGA Annual Golf Sale

    Save up to 75-percent off new and used golf products, as several area golf courses (including three Park Board courses) collaborate for their annual holiday PGA sale.
    Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645
    Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
    Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
    All ages
    Dec. 5-7
    Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.;
    Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Prices vary

  7. Gardens Aglow

    Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available.  Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    All ages
    Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 28
    5-8:30 p.m.
    $5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free

  8. Holiday Train Garden Display

    The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society. Donations accepted.   Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Dec. 1-31, Mon.-Sat.
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

  9. Candy Cane Lane

    Drive through the farm and enjoy dazzling farm-themed holiday displays and more than 10,000 lights. Hot cocoa available for purchase. Friday-Sunday nights only.  Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

    All ages
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-22, 5-8 p.m.

  10. Christmas at the Farmstead

    Join volunteers at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. Decorate the tree with hand-made vintage ornaments and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and carols.  Gray/Campbell Farmstead 891-1515

    All ages
    Sat., Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.

  11. Downtown Christmas Parade

    The Downtown Springfield Association invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at the 2019 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Dec. 14. This year’s theme is Silver Bells: It’s Christmas Time in the City. Details and schedules at  Downtown Springfield 864-1049

    All ages
    Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m.