Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Join JC Parks for entertainment, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus at the lighting of the Mayor’s Tree!

When: December 1
WhereRotary Centennial Park, 102 Bolivar St.


Living Windows

Downtown Jefferson City windows come alive for one of the community's most treasured and favorite events! Stroll the streets and experience holiday cheer during an evening with carolers, dancers, live reindeer, and Santa!

When: December 2
Where: Downtown Jefferson City


Candlelight Tours of the Missouri Governor's Mansion

Enjoy the residence in full holiday decor. Governor and First Lady Parson will meet and greet guests as they view the Mansion by candlelight, adorned with sparkling lights and lush greenery. Guests are also welcome to bring any new or unused toys to donate to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Tours will be held from 6-9 pm on Friday, December 2 and 6-8 on Monday, December 5.

When: December 2 and December 5
Where: Missouri Governor’s Mansion, 100 Madison St.


83rd Annual Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade

Head to downtown JCMO and enjoy floats, marching bands, and, of course, candy! This year's theme is A Musical Christmas. Registration information for parade floats can be found here.

 When: December 3
Where: Downtown Jefferson City

Capital City Festival of Lights 

Join in on the holiday fun at Binder Park for a drive-thru light park, built on a wooded roadway and choreographed to your favorite holiday tunes. This fundraiser is open to the public and all proceeds go to help local charities. Tour starts at Binder Lake Road off Rainbow Drive. 

When: December 3-31
Where: Binder Park, 5840 Rainbow Dr.


Lincoln University's Holiday Extravaganza

You’re invited to Lincoln University’s Holiday Extravaganza! Get in the holiday spirit by joining the Blue Tigers for a special Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, plus holiday caroling by the Lincoln University Choir and area high school choirs. Stay afterward for crafts, a variety of holiday activities, pictures with Santa and a souvenir at Santa’s Workshop inside Scruggs University Center. We look forward to kicking off the holidays with you! Events will begin on Lincoln University’s Quad in front of Memorial Hall.

 When: December 6
Where: Lincoln University, 820 Chestnut St.


Merry Porchfestmas! A new holiday themed event, this is a condensed version of the main Porchfest JCMO festival. Come enjoy Porchfestmas as we fill the streets full of Christmas cheer. There will be holiday music, holiday lights and decorations, a Christmas craft, hot cocoa and cider, snacks, and of course...SANTA! 

When: December 11
Where: Forest Hill Ave.

Capitol Caroling

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

When: December 13
Where: Missouri State Capitol, 301 W. Capitol Ave 


Skate with Santa

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 making a lap with the man in red.

When: December 17
Where: Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St.

Visit our event calendar for even more festive events in JCMO!

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