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Downtown Holli-Day in Willow Springs

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

Come shop, participate in events and spend the day in Willow Springs MO. From Pancakes with Santa to our Lighted Christmas Parade there is something for everyone all day in Downtown Willow Springs! There will be something going on all day long so what the events, make your plans and come spend the day at our Downtown Holli-Day in Willow Springs! We are adding events and more in the works so check back regularly to find out the new & exciting things going on in Willow Springs on December 2nd!

Start the day off by visiting the Lions Club clubhouse in Willow Springs and having Pancakes with Santa. This event runs from 8 am - 10 am. Cost is $5 per person and each child will receive a make & take ornament as well as a visit with Santa. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage and drink. This is a joint fundraiser for the Lions Club and the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Lions club supports the Mighty Mites football program and this will help to fund that and other activities.

After Pancakes with Santa, this jolly old elf will make his way to Downtown Willow Springs where children can visit with him and take photos all day. His location will be a secret, but know this, he will take some breaks and stroll through town visiting local shops and maybe doing a little shopping of his own!

Nothing says Christmas like decorating yummy cookies! Join us in Willow Springs on December 2, 2023 for a day full of fun family holiday events! Here is a great chance to decorate cookies without the mess at home! The Ozarks Sweetest Bakeshop will provide the space, the clean-up, the cookies, the frosting, the decorations and hot cocoa and a special box to take them home in. That's is a "sweet" bargain at $10 per kiddo! This will run from 10-2pm on Saturday December 2nd at Ozarks Sweetest Bakeshop! Contact Libby at Ozarks Sweetest Bakeshop for questions or more information!

Starting at noon and running until 2 catch some vintage Christmas cartoons at the Star Theatre in beautiful downtown Willow Springs! Admission is free and so is the popcorn. Come on in, sit for a bit, and leave when it is convenient, stay for the whole two hours or 15 minutes, up to you! This is sponsored by the Willow Springs Community Foundation and the Historic Star Theatre.

The Willow Springs Church of Christ is hosting a gingerbread house decorating contest. Entrants are asked to bring their entry between 11-12 to the church located at 2850 Bolerjack Road.

The community is invited to stroll through the gingerbread village from 1-3 and cast votes for their favorite gingerbread house! Don't miss this fun contest either as a participant or a viewer/voter! Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread!

The Willow Springs Arts Council is hosting a decorated wreath contest.

It's simple...

  1. Stop by the Ferguson building to pick up your blank wreath and register and receive rules.

  2. Take your blank wreath and decorate it.

  3. Return the wreath by November 30th to the Ferguson Building.

Wreaths will be on display upstairs on December 2nd from noon to 7 for the public to vote on their favorite. Wreaths will also be available to bid on via silent auction and the proceeds go to support the Willow Springs Arts Council.

Grab some coffee or hot cocoa and the kiddos can decorate a free ornament from Southern Kels on Main Street in Willow Springs. They are located next to Vintage Floral and across the street from the Gazebo. Kelly has some amazing items in her adorable little shop so stop in and support our local coffee shop and make a special ornament!

While you are in town, make sure and have those kiddos bring their Letters to Santa and drop them in our very special Letters to Santa mailbox located at the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 120 W Main across the street from G&W! Letters will be delievered to Santa for him to answer and children will recieve a reply (please include return address information). Santa can't wait to read those letters!

This year's Christmas parade theme is CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES! Select your favorite Christmas movie and create a parade float or entry based on that movie! We encourage businesses, civic groups, churches, families, clubs, schools and individuals to enter! Cover those floats in lights, we want to be seen from outerspace!

There is an entry form that we will need filled out for entry into the parade. The form is located here or you can pick one up at the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce office located at 120 W Main St in Willow Springs.

Parade line up is at Booster Field at 5 pm on December 2, the parade will travel down Main Street and will begin at 6 pm.

One final note...according to City of Willow Springs ordinance, no dogs will be allowed at public events in town, including this Downtown Holli-day event. Please leave your pups at home for this event. WSPD will be strictly enforcing this ordinance.

Section 205.335. Animals Prohibited At City Sponsored Or Sanctioned Public Gathering. [Ord. No. 1492 § IV, 8-20-2015]

A. No person shall bring or maintain possession or control of any dog or canine to any City sponsored or sanctioned public

gathering as defined in this Chapter upon any public property or within one hundred (100) feet either side of the center of the street

or other route for events such as parades, or within one hundred (100) feet of the boundary of such event, without permission from

the Board of Aldermen.

B. This Section shall not apply to:

1. Service dogs as may be individually prescribed by a licensed medical provider upon presentation of such proof.

2. City, County, State or Federal Law Enforcement officers while acting as such.

C. Any person who violates the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine as provided by Section 100.220.:1

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