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Beginning the last weekend in November


  • 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.  For more information and/or to enter a house, see the following form: Gingerbread House Entry Form


  • Small Business Saturday
    • Beginning Saturday, November 27th, come tour 25 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 $650, $375, or $250 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 businesses include...
      Abe's Carmelcorn, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots, Flossie and Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Lincoln Art Institute, Lincoln Grand VIP Cinema, Mama's Arcade, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Mystic Rose Antiques, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment & Thrift, Sherwin Williams, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


  • FREE Carriage Rides - Come take a ride in a carriage around the Courthouse Square. Nov, 26th: 6:00-9:00 PM, all other Friday nights from 5:00-8:00 PM - Dec. 3rd;  Dec. 10th; Dec.17th and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 PM - Nov. 27th; Dec. 4th; Dec. 18th. 
    • A big thank you to all our sponsors who make this FREE event possible!
      Abe's Carmelcorn, Bennet Funeral Home, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots Cafe, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Indigo Quilt Studio, Jenny Abbott - American Family Insurance, Joe Ryan - Country Financial, Lincoln Art Institute, Logan County Title Co., Mary Todd's Hallmark, ME Realty, Michelle Bauer - Country Financial, Midwest Dental, Renew Consignment, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


For more information visit the 2021 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS FACEBOOK EVENT  


  • Christmas Parade- Come kick off the holidays this year with Lincoln's Christmas Parade! The Christmas Cruise is Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, starting at 6:30 PM.
    This year’s theme will be “Christmas Movies”.
    Christmas Parade Entry Participants: If you wish to have an entry in the Christmas Parade in Downtown Lincoln, please fill out the form by clicking the link! -Christmas Parade Participant/Float Entry Form


 For more information visit the CHRISTMAS PARADE FACEBOOK EVENT



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Logan County Tourism Bureau

101 North Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat. also
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