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Olde Tyme Christmas: Festival of Lights kickoff event is this Saturday

A new Christmas tradition looks to be bigger  – and brighter – this year.

Olde Tyme Christmas Presents: A Festival of Lights will officially kick off its second season’s greetings with the first weekend in December.

The official event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, where special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the park.

Because of the generosity from the community, Festival of Lights has expanded to include a section of the walking trail’s lower loop.

Also new this year, the lights and Christmas displays were turned on last weekend and they will be on every night through New Years Day.


Here is a tentative schedule of events

December 2023 Schedule of Events


Saturday, December 2

Live Reindeer, sponsored by Shimoji Coffee 5-7 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus, 5-7 p.m.

Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, by Diekemper Photography, 5-7 p.m.

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, free candy canes 5-7 p.m.

Cookies and Cocoa with the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce – free cocoa, cookies and water, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Church Christmas Carolers

Sunny Days Child Care & Learning Centers’ Christmas characters, 6 -8 p.m.


Friday, December 8

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation – free candy canes 5-7 p.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Youth Group, 5 -7 p.m.


Saturday, December 9

Christmas Music with Chris Peck, 5-7 p.m.

VCA – hot chocolate and meat sticks, 5-7 p.m.


Saturday, December 15

Fayette County Farm Bureau, Reindeer food, milk and cookies, 6-8 p.m.


Schedule is subject to change