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Vintage Carriage Rides in Washington Park
Back by popular demand! Vintage Carriage rides each Friday in Washington Park... What a great way to spend an evening with your loved one or family. Got a bunch of friends? Book a ride together even! Take your grandmother. It's a ride you won't soon forget. Contact Red Gate Farm to make advance reservations. They are booking up fast! 217-501-4234.

Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claus
Head over to the Henson Robinson Zoo on December 5 from 8:30-10:30 am and eat pancakes, get pictures with Santa, make an ornament, and hang out with the animals! Want to join in on all the fun? Register before December 3 by calling 217-585-1821.

Fresh Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshops
Sign up for a wreath-making workshop on Saturday, December 5 from 9am-12pm or from 1:30-4:30pm. You will be able to create your very own evergreen wreath. Plant material, wreath frames, wire and sample ribbons will be provided. Please bring our own pruning shears and feel free to bring any custom decorations to use on your finished wreath. You must pre-register in order to participate. Please contact Alexa Potts at 217-546-4116 to register or for any questions.

Santa House
Santa will visit the north side of Springfield from December 5-20, 5-8pm Monday-Friday and 12-5pm Saturday-Sunday. His house is located in front of Robin Roberts Stadium at 1415 N. Grand Ave. He will be available for photos (which are free with your camera and $5 with ours). If you decide you would like to purchase photographs you will also receive a magnetic frame with a punch out calendar of our 2016 events! Call 217-544-1751 for more information.

Jingle, Jingle all the Way!

Does your little one like to play games, create art and eat yummy treats? We have the class for you! This special one day class is on Saturday, December 12 from 10-11:30am at the Washington Park Pavilion on 1501 S. Grand West. This class is for kids ages 3-5. Register soon because spots are filling up quickly! Call 217-546-3970.

Caroling at the Carillon
Join us at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon on December 13 from 4:30-5 pm to help celebrate the season around a warm bonfire while singing Christmas Carols to the Carillon bells. Enjoy free refreshments and beautiful music with family and friends!

Henson Robinson Zoo Holiday Lights
Enjoy walking through a light show with the entire family on December 4-6, 10-13 and 16-23 from 5-10 pm each evening! Santa will be there to visit with the kids and there will be craft stations each night. Every Saturday (weather permitting) there will be a holiday bonfire and on December 4, 5, 12 and 19 enjoy Christmas Karaoke. Call the zoo for more information: 217-585-1821.

MinorHawks Learn to Play Program

We are excited to announce that we have recently become a Chicago Blackhawks Rink Partner! We will participate in their MinorHawks Learn to Play Program to cross promote the sport of Youth Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, the District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association!

Check out their website for more information:

Contact the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 to get your child registered for the next session of MinorHawks and Youth Hockey Programs!

Not So Naked Mole Rats
Not So Naked Mole Rats
Holiday Lights at the Zoo
42nd Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show
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