It's that special time of year: sparkling lights, cozy beverages, and fun family activities. Surround yourself with the magic of the season with these holiday events in JCMO. 


mayor's xmas tree

Mayor's Tree Lighting - Thursday, November 30

Rotary Centennial Park | 102 Bolivar St.

Join JC Parks for entertainment, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus at the 18th annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas tree! Entertainment will begin at 5:30, and the tree lighting will occur at 6:30 p.m.



festival of lights

Capital City Festival of Lights - December 2 - 31

Binder Park | 5840 Rainbow Dr.

Load up the car and head to Binder Park to see a magnificent mile-long display of lights and whimsical holiday displays! The holiday-themed displays depict everything from Santa Claus and his elves to choreographed lights synced to music. $20 per vehicle, or $35 per bus/trolley/limo.


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Candlelight Tours of the Missouri Governors Mansion - Friday, December 1 & Monday, December 4

Missouri Governor's Mansion | 100 Madison St.

Experience the glow of the holidays at the Candlelight Tours of the Missouri Governor's Mansion! Guests can view the executive residence by candlelight, adorned with sparkling lights and lush greenery. 


living windows

Downtown Living Windows - Friday, December 1

Downtown Jefferson City

Gather your favorite people and head to downtown Jefferson City for Downtown Living Windows! Carolers, dancers, and live reindeer spread holiday cheer during this beloved JCMO tradition.


Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade - Saturday, December 2

Downtown Jefferson City

Get swept up in holiday cheer at the annual Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade! The heart of downtown will fill with holiday cheer as local bands play your favorite carols and dozens of festive floats travel High Street. Come early to snag your spot - and don't forget a bag to catch your share of the candy!


santa saturdays

Santa Saturdays at Busch's Florist & Greenhouse - December 2 & December 16

Busch's Florist & Greenhouse | 620 Madison St.

🎄 Visit Santa at Busch's Florist & Greenhouse from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. during one of the Santa Saturday events on December 2nd and 16th.

🍪Complimentary milk & cookies are provided as well as coloring pages for the kiddos - Snap pictures for FREE with Santa in the beautiful historic greenhouse!

🎁 New, unopened toys are welcome for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation drop box at the front of the shop. These toys will be donated to local families in need this holiday season.

❤️Handicap-accessible entrance on Dunklin Street under the garden tent!


Capitol City Cinema Holiday Film Series - Sundays in December

Capitol City Cinema | 126 E. High St.

Capitol City Cinema is excited to bring back the Holiday Film Series featuring some classic films on Sundays in December.

             Dec. 3: It's A Wonderful Life (2 p.m. + 5 p.m.)
             Dec. 10: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (2 p.m. + 5 p.m.)
             Dec. 17: Shop Around the Corner (2 p.m. + 5 p.m.)
             Dec. 24: Home Alone (2 p.m. + 5 p.m.)


Porchfestmas - December 10

Elmarine Ave.

Merry Porchfestmas! This is a condensed version of the main Porchfest JCMO festival. Porchfestmas will be coming to local neighborhoods each year filling the streets full of Christmas cheer.

Come enjoy holiday music, holiday lights and decorations, a Christmas craft, hot cocoa and cider, snacks, and of course…SANTA!


capitol caroling

Capitol Caroling - December 12

Missouri State Capitol | 201 W. Capitol Ave.

Join in the holiday tradition at the Jefferson City Public Schools Capitol Caroling event in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda. Performances include traditional holiday numbers and special selections by the symphonic band, high school orchestra, and high school choirs.


Capital City Productions Presents "Groundhog Day" - December 14-16, December 21 - 23, & December 28 - 30

Capital City Productions | 719 Wicker Lane

How would you spend your time if forced to repeat the same day over and over again? Phil Connors, a seasoned big-city weatherman, is frustrated to be reporting the annual Groundhog Day Ceremony in small town Punxsutawney, PA.

His arrogance and cynicism are in direct opposition to the cheery townsfolk, who are ready for their favorite Groundhog to not see his shadow and welcome an early spring. After disdainfully covering the rodent's negative forecast, he awakens the next day only to discover it's February 2 once more. Initially in disbelief, Phil finally accepts he is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again....


Skate with Santa - December 16

Washington Park Ice Arena | 711 Kansas St.


Santa is making an appearance at Washington Park Ice Arena! Join him for a lap around the rink to help him work up an appetite for all those cookies and milk. Drop some Christmas list hints while taking a lap with the man in red.