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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!”

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting - Join the Mayor in kicking off the holiday season with the 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. 

Downtown Living Windows - 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 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 sparkling lights and lush greenery through radiant candlelight with a greeting from the Governor and First Lady. 

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

Cantorum’s Annual Holiday Concert - 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. 

Visit Santa Downtown - 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. 

Annual Capitol Caroling 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. 

See our calendar for event times!

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