Spend the Holidays in America’s Most Beautiful Small Town

It’s the hap-happiest season of all and there’s no place like Jefferson City, Missouri for the holidays! Downtown streets come alive with sparkling lights and décor offering the perfect winter backdrop with festivities for all ages. Below are the top events you shouldn’t miss this season. Spend your holidays in “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town!”

Downtown Jefferson City Living Windows.
Downtown Jefferson City Living Windows.


Visit Santa Downtown | Dec 2, 3, 10 & 17

Santa Claus is coming to town, Downtown Jefferson City that is! A treasured holiday tradition, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas has been making a list and checking it twice before visiting Jefferson City since the 1950’s.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec 1

Join the Mayor in kicking off the holiday season with the 11th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. You’ll be in awe of the massive illuminated tree while enjoying entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.


A Charlie Brown Christmas | Dec 1-17

Who could forget the heartwarming tale of Charlie Brown’s valiant effort to direct the school Christmas pageant? Or Snoopy adorably decorating his doghouse for the neighborhood lights contest? See how Charlie and the Peanuts gang restore holiday spirit at the Stained Glass Theatre.


Downtown Living Windows | Dec 2

A Jefferson City tradition for over 20 years, Living Windows takes place downtown where storefronts and windows come alive with dancers, singers, religious and holiday themes. Bundle up and sip hot cocoa as you stroll through three blocks of entertainment while being swept away in the joyous holiday atmosphere.


Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tours| Dec 2-3

The holiday season allows visitors the very special opportunity of touring the beautifully decorated governor’s mansion in its holiday elegance. Visitors can view the residence adorned with sparking lights and lush greenery through radiant candlelight with a greeting from the Governor and first lady.


Jingle Dash 5k | Dec 3

Throw on your most festive Santa hat, jingle bells or reindeer sweater and join us for this holiday inspired 5k! Beginning in Downtown Jefferson City, the race is open to all ages and fitness levels with proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.


Jaycees’ Christmas Parade | Dec 3

Join us in celebrating the holiday season with this year’s 77th Annual Christmas Parade. See dozens of floats decorated in holiday themes as local bands play beloved Christmas carols.


Cantorum’s Annual Holiday Concert | Dec 10

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Celebrate the holidays with the glorious sounds of the season performed on stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center.


79th Annual Capitol Caroling | Dec 13

Few traditions are as joyous as the Jefferson City Public Schools Capitol Caroling event. Each year, the community gathers to share in holiday cheer as a jubilant choir spreads tidings of comfort and joy, tales of peace of Earth and various other seasonal tunes in the gorgeous Missouri State Capitol Rotunda.


Skate with Santa & Winter Ice Recital | Dec 17

Seems like Santa Claus can be found everywhere this time of year! Join Santa for a lap at the Washington Park Ice Arena to help him work up an appetite for milk and cookies, then stick around for a performance of graceful skaters gliding across the ice to the sounds of the season.


Holiday Hoops Showcase | Dec 28-30

The excitement continues as the annual Capital City Hoops Showcase boasts one of the most thrilling high school basketball tournaments of the year! Come show support for these Mid-Missouri teams.

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