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Downtown Lincoln 

Beginning the last weekend in November

 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS 2020: Please follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask to events.



  • Small Business Saturday
    • Beginning Saturday, November 28th, come tour 27 of your favorite Downtown local businesses to launch your Christmas Season. You will receive a red ticket to be stamped at each location. Turn in your ticket by December 12th for a chance to win over $500 in local gift cards.
      *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.
    • Your favorite participating business include...
      Abe's, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Flossie's & Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries. Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Joe Ryan-Country Financial, Lincoln CBD Store, Mama's Arcade Cafe, Mary Todd's Hallmark, Matt Arnold Grieme-Arnold Insurance, McEntire's Appliance, Michelle Bauer- County Financial, Mystic Rose Antiques, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment, Rent One, Rio Grande, Sherwin Williams, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, & Top Hat Creamery


  • FREE Carriage Rides - Come take a ride in a carriage around the Courthouse Square. Friday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM - Nov. 27th; Dec. 4th;  Dec. 11;  Dec.18th


  • Strolling Santa- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be strolling the downtown shops on Dec. 5th from 9:00-10:30 AM.


For more information visit the 2020 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS FACEBOOK EVENT


  • Christmas Cruise- Come kick off the holidays this year with the “Christmas Cruise 2020”, a drive-thru only parade experience! The Christmas Cruise is Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
    This year’s theme will be “Brighten Up the Streets”. The “parade” will remain stationary on the East side of Kickapoo St. while cruisers (spectators) will travel down Kickapoo St., turn left on Pekin St., then left onto Chicago St. The cruise will end with Santa greeting the cars outside the Depot/Visitor Center. You must stay in your vehicle for the duration of the Cruise. (see map below)
    The Cruisers (spectators) can begin lining up at 6:45 pm. To avoid traffic congestion down Wyatt Ave., we are requiring the Cruisers to enter from the back parking lot of the High School, via Pulaski/Miller Streets. Cars will be guided through the parking lot and released onto Wyatt a few at a time. They will then travel down Wyatt Ave and turn right onto Kickapoo to start the Cruise route (see map below).
    Christmas Cruise Entry Participants: If you wish to have an entry in the Christmas Cruise in Downtown Lincoln, please fill out the form in the following link -Christmas Cruise Participant/Float Entry Form


 For more information visit the CHRISTMAS CRUISE FACEBOOK EVENT









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101 North Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Normal Hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Mon.-Fri.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat. also
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Mon.-Fri.

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