Enjoy new and familiar family traditions | Community & Lifestyle

Whether it is time-honored traditions or new and novel experiences that you seek, Springfield has plenty of holiday programming for you and yours beginning Thanksgiving weekend and lasting until the New Year. Grab your calendars and be sure to schedule some of these wonderful holiday offerings, focused on sustainable shopping, parent-child bonding and family-friendly merriment.

Jubilee Farm’s Holiday Craft Fair begins Monday, Nov. 28, and runs through Dec. 10. Available for purchase are a wide array of Christmas decor, sustainable crafts, pottery, woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and sewn gifts, as well as international hand-crafted items. Saturdays (Dec. 3 and 10) will feature baked goods, too. In addition to the Holiday Craft Fair, Jubilee Farms is hosting two parent-child Ornament Craft Workshops on Saturday, Dec. 17. Children ages 4-10 may team up with their parents to decorate an ornament with the child’s wallet-size picture. More information may be found online or by calling Jubilee Farm, and registration is required before Dec. 1

Winter Wonderland Wednesdays (and Saturdays) at the Kidzeum. In celebration of Downtown Springfield’s Holiday Walks, the Kizdeum is extending hours on Saturdays and Wednesdays beginning Nov. 26 and lasting until Dec. 21. The Kidzeum will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and during this time, regular admission is half off. The Kidzeum will also feature expended hours for out-of-school fun over your kids’ holiday breaks. Visit the Kidzeum website for more information.

Chatham Light Up the Park 2022 begins Friday, Nov. 25, and runs 6-9 p.m. each Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 25. Put on your holiday jammies and pack some cocoa to-go. This family-friendly holiday adventure allows you to enjoy a fantastic holiday light display that spans all of Chatham Community Park from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Pro tip: Bring along an iPad or tablet with a fun holiday special downloaded in order to make any wait time enjoyable and festive.

The Washington Park Botanical Garden’s 49th Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show will run from Dec. 3 until Dec. 21. This event is free for all ages, and invites patrons to enjoy over 500 poinsettia plants nestled among decorated fresh evergreens and lush tropical foliage. The Botanical Gardens are open Monday through Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

The Rees Carillon Society, Carillon Belles and the Springfield Park District have scheduled the 40th Annual Caroling at the Carillon event for Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3-5:30 p.m. In addition to a bonfire and a family-friendly singing session, 2022’s Caroling at the Carillon event will also include the very first Jingle Bells Spectacular. Free activities include complimentary snacks and drinks from the Apple Barn, kids’ activities and crafts, music, Santa and a Christmas tree lighting. Activities start at 3 p.m., caroling is at 4 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 5:20 p.m.

The Springfield Art Association is offering a few holiday-themed one-day events for both adults and families. On Dec. 3, SAA is hosting two Gingerbread House Workshops for all ages. There are also various Glass Workshops where attendees ages 14 and up can sculpt a glass Christmas tree, Santa hat or candy cane. For the preschool set, check out SAA’s “Literally Inspired” Workshops, where a parent/guardian and child can be inspired by a children’s book and work together to make a corresponding art project. Workshops on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 will feature the children’s book The Mitten, and preschoolers and their parents will have the chance to make a clay mitten ornament. Visit the Springfield Art Association for more information and to register for these festive holiday happenings.

Pamela Savage is a freelance writer in Springfield who wishes you a very happy holiday season ahead.

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