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Lincoln Christmas Express
From Friday, November 24, 2023
To Saturday, December 16, 2023
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Location Downtown Lincoln
Beginning the last weekend in November

Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting - Local residents/ businesses sponsor and decorate a Christmas tree. The trees are displayed on the Courthouse Lawn beginning at the Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25th at 5:30 PM.


Gingerbread House Contest- Local residents can participate in creating a Gingerbread House. The houses will be judged by the community and will stay on display from December 11th - December 18th at the Lincoln Art Institute.


Activities for Kids at the Lincoln Arts Institute - Head to the Lincoln Arts Institute on November 26th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM! They teamed up with The Center for Creativity & Community and will be offering kids face painting and a Candyland photo opportunity for families to enjoy. Donations are accepted and appreciated!


Small Business Saturday -
Beginning Saturday, November 26th, come tour 27 of your favorite Downtown local businesses to launch your Christmas Season. You will receive a ticket to be stamped at each location. Turn in your ticket by December 18th for a chance to win over $750 in local gift cards and prizes!
*You must visit at least 10 participating locations and make a purchase (no minimum required, where applicable). Your ticket can be turned in at any participating business.
The winner will be drawn on December 20th.
Your favorite participating businesses include...
Abe's Carmelcorn, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots, Elite Kicks, Flossie and Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Lincoln Arts Institute/Moksha Center, Lincoln Library, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Midwest Dental, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment & Thrift, Sherwin Williams, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, Studio Three Hair & Beauty, Sublime Skin, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery
Thank you to our Christmas Express Sponsors!

Joe Ryan Country Financial, John Hobblit Law, Michelle Bauer Country Insurance, Logan County Farm Bureau, State Senator Sally Turner, & Logan County Tourism Bureau


Lincoln Christmas Express 12 Days of Christmas (New this year!)
Starting December 6th, multiple downtown businesses will be raffling off prizes! A prize from a different business will be drawn each day up until December 18th, representing the 12 days of Christmas.
To enter the raffle, you must fill out a ticket at each business. For example, if you enter the drawing at Flossie & Delzena's, you will be entered to win the prize at Flossie & Delzena's and only their prize. If you would like to enter for the prize from Top Hat Creamery, you will have to sign up at Top Hat Creamery.
Day 12: December 8th - Joe Ryan at Country Financial: 1 Dozen Fancy Assorted Melo-O-Cream Donuts
Day 11: December 9th - Copper Penny: 11(+1) Blue Fluted Champagne Glasses
Day 10: December 10th - Pink Shutter: $10 Gift Card
Day 9: December 11th - Sublime Skin: Sample Size Care Pack, Moksha Center: Yoga Shirt and Yoga Package
Day 8: December 12th - The Learning Center: A gift basket for the kiddies
Day 7: December 13th - Midwest Dental: A tooth care gift basket
Day 6: December 14th - Elite Kicks: $25 gift card
Day 5: December 15th - Flossie & Delzena's: 5 chicken salads
Day 4: December 16th - Guest House: Bag of Advent Blend Coffee, Small Town Creations: 1 Christmas coffee & Christmas tumbler
Day 3: December 17th - The Tri-fecta (Guzzardo's, Spirited Republic, Top Hat Creamery): A trio of gift cards
Day 2: December 18th - Sorrento's: Dinner for 2 + Cannoli
Day 1: December 19th - Lincoln Public Library: A Christmas book to read on Christmas Eve


FREE Carriage Rides - Come take a ride in a carriage around the Courthouse Square! Nov, 25th: 6:00-9:00 PM, all other Friday nights from 5:00-8:00 PM - Dec. 2nd; Dec. 9th; Dec.16th and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 PM - Nov. 26th; Dec. 3rd; Dec. 10th; Dec. 17th.
A big thank you to all our sponsors who make this FREE event possible!
Abe's Carmelcorn, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots, Elite Kicks, Flossie and Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Joe Ryan Country Financial, John Hoblit Law, Lincoln Arts Institute/Moksha Center, Lincoln Library, Logan County Farm Bureau, Logan County Tourism Bureau, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Michelle Bauer Country Insurance, Midwest Dental, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment & Thrift, Sherwin Williams, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, State Senator Sally Turner, Studio Three Hair & Beauty, Sublime Skin, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


FREE Train Rides in Latham Park - Bring your kiddos to ride a mini train around Latham park! The train will be at Latham Park on Dec. 3rd, 10:00am-1:00pm & Dec. 10th, 1:00pm-3:00pm.
Sponsored by Abe's Carmelcorn, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots, Elite Kicks, Flossie and Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Joe Ryan Country Financial, John Hoblit Law, Lincoln Arts Institute/Moksha Center, Lincoln Library, Logan County Board, Logan County Farm Bureau, Logan County Tourism Bureau, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Michelle Bauer Country Insurance, Midwest Dental, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment & Thrift, Sherwin Williams, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, State Senator Sally Turner, Studio Three Hair & Beauty, Sublime Skin, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery

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