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Downtown Effingham Hometown Christmas 2022

Enjoy the traditions of Christmas in Downtown Effingham with Santa, a LIVE reindeer, kids activities, variety of food & non-food vendors + more presented by the Downtown Effingham Business Group & McHugh Hospitality Group/Hampton Inn & Suites.

Event Times*:
11:15a-1:30p | Pizza with Santa @ Joe’s Pizza
1-3p | Winter Market Sip ‘n Shop @ XCHNG
2-3:30p | LIVE Reindeer Pictures with Dahnke Farms
2-4p | Effingham Performance Center Sing-along @ Gazebo
2-5p | Train Rides
2-6p | Santa’s Workshop @ County Building

  • Cookie Decorating by Kirby’s IGA
  • Reindeer Food by The Royal School of Cosmetology
  • Bulb Planting by U of I Master Gardeners
  • Christmas Tree Craft by Effingham County Case Managers

3-7p | Mistletoe Market (incl. food trucks)
4p | FACE Orchestra & Christmas Choir @ Old Courthouse Museum
4-7p | Horse & Carriage Rides
4:30-5p | Live Nativity by Centenary United Methodist Church @ Gazebo
5p | Lighted Parade with Santa
5:30p | Lighting of the City of Effingham Christmas Tree
5:30-6:15p | St. Anthony Grade School Intermediate Choir
5:30-8p | Santa House Hours with Cookies provided by Layna Bond, American Family Insurance
*subject to change

Mistletoe Market:
Showcase your local product, craft, baked goods + more by signing up here.
Confirmed Vendors:
Al’s Dawgs | variety of hot dogs & sausages from around the country – hot & cold drinks
Ashlee’s Creations | blankets, tumblers & handmade bags
Bright & Wild Designs | face painting
Crochet & Kaleidscopes | crochet & misc. items

Dani’s Creations | oil based landscape paintings
Forever Sister’s Kitchen | food truck
Gypsies & Junkers | repurposed & reclaimed wood décor
Joe Sippers Café Trailer | hot chocolate, coffee, water & treats

Life is Better with Lip Gloss | beauty & skin care products
Macklin Kettle Korn | popcorn
Mechee Creations | variety of cups, t-shirts & sweatshirts
Mystical Munchies Freeze Dried Treats | Freeze dried candy & fruits, hot chocolate with freeze dried marshmallows & freeze dried taffy

Sadee’s Sweets | cookies, pastries & candy
Stacey Lynn Creations | crochet stuffed animals, hats & ear warmers

Lighted Parade:
If you wish to participate, please click here to fill out the online form.
Limited space! Deadline to sign up is Nov 18!

Santa Letters sponsored by Tracy Willenborg:
Request your Santa Letter here.
Deadline is Dec 5!

Become a Volunteer:
Hometown Christmas is a celebration for all during this beautiful holiday season and we are on the search for incredible volunteers to assist with activities throughout the day. Your support is critical to the success of the event. Sign up here.

Become a Sponsor:
Help brighten this holiday season by supporting this years event!
Hometown Christmas offers a gift to all as we gather together to celebrate a FREE community event.
Click here to fill out the online form. Deadline to be on print materials is Nov 21!

Presenting | McHugh Hospitality Group/Hampton Inn & Suites
Gold | City of Effingham, Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, AR Flooring, Ameren Illinois, Cromwell Media, Effingham Builders Supply, Farnsworth Group, Heartland Dental, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, The Krusteaz Company, Linders Limited LLC-Blake & Laura Linders, Premier Broadcasting 97.9 & Washington Savings Bank
Silver | Agracel, Inc., Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics, Astrid Johana Photography, Barlow Lock & Security, Brookstone Estates Effingham, The Heart Theatre, Lake Sara Marina, Modern Family Dinners, Southtown Car Wash & Vayda Jayne Bridal

Contact Information:
Nicole Morrison
(217) 342-4147

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Saturday, December 3


2:00pm - 8:00pm


Downtown Effingham
Jefferson Ave
Effingham, IL 62401

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