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The Washington Park Botanical Garden’s 49th Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show will be held December 3-21.

Whether you’re looking for time-honored traditions or new and novel experiences, Springfield has an extensive vacation program for you and your vacation from Thanksgiving weekend through the New Year. Grab your calendars and be sure to schedule some of these wonderful vacation deals that focus on sustainable shopping, parent-child bonding and family-friendly entertainment.

Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft Fair starts on Monday November 28th and lasts until December 10th. Shop for a wide range of Christmas decorations, sustainable crafts, ceramics, woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and sewn gifts, as well as international handcrafted items. On Saturdays (December 3rd and 10th) baked goods are also available. In addition to the Holiday Craft Fair, Jubilee Farms hosts two parent-child events Ornament craft workshops on Saturday 17 December. Children aged 4 to 10 can join forces with their parents to decorate an ornament with the wallet-sized image of the child. For more information, visit Jubilee Farm online or by phone. Registration is required before December 1st

Winter Wonderland Wednesdays (and Saturdays) at Kidzeum. In celebration of the Holiday Walks in downtown Springfield, the Kizdeum is extending its Saturday and Wednesday hours beginning November 26 through December 21. The Kidzeum is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm and has regular admission during this time is half gone. The Kidzeum also offers recreational hours for extracurricular fun during your children’s holiday breaks. Visit the Kidzeum website for more information.

Chatham will illuminate the park in 2022 begins Friday, November 25 and runs every Thursday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. until December 25. Put on your holiday jam and pack some cocoa to go. This family-friendly vacation adventure allows you to enjoy an amazing light show that spans the entirety of Chatham Community Park from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Pro tip: Bring an iPad or tablet with a fun holiday special downloaded to make any wait time enjoyable and festive.

That The Washington Park Botanical Garden’s 49th Annual Winter Holiday Flower Show takes place from December 3rd to December 21st. Free for all ages, this event invites guests to enjoy over 500 poinsettias nestled among decorated fresh evergreens and lush tropical foliage. The Botanical Garden is open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

The Rees Carillon Society, Carillon Belles and the Springfield Park District planned the 40th annual event Caroling at the carillon Event for Sunday 11 December from 3:00pm to 5:30pm In addition to a campfire and family-friendly singing lesson, the 2022 Carillon in the Carillon event will also feature the first-ever Jingle Bells spectacular. Free activities include free snacks and drinks from the Apple Barn, children’s activities and crafts, music, Santa and a Christmas tree light up. Activities start at 3pm, carol at 4pm and tree lighting at 5:20pm

That Springfield Art Association offers several one-day holiday-themed events for adults and families. On December 3rd, SAA will host two Gingerbread House Workshops for all ages. There are also different ones glass workshops Here, participants aged 14 and over can form a glass Christmas tree, a Santa hat or a candy cane. Check out SAAs for the preschool set “Literally inspired” workshops, where a parent/guardian and child can be inspired by a children’s book and create a related art project together. The children’s book will be presented in the workshops on December 6th and 8th the mitten, and preschoolers and their parents have an opportunity to make a clay mitten ornament. Visit the Springfield Art Association for more information and to register for these festive holiday events.

Pamela Savage is a freelance writer based in Springfield wishing you Happy Holidays.