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Join us for an Alton tradition. On Nov 22nd 2019 we will host the 25th Annual Tree Lighting at Lincoln-Douglas Square - check back soon for full details!

(Below you will find information from 2018)  

On Friday, November 16th Alton Main Street will host an event that’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit. The 24th Annual Community Tree Lighting at Lincoln-Douglas Square will begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the trolley at 6:00. The free festivities including caroling, cookies and hot cocoa will continue until 6:45 when Mayor Brant Walker flips the lights on the beautiful tree, which is provided by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures with Santa and costumed holiday characters. 

Carols will fill the air throughout the evening provided and there will be a blessing of the tree by Peter Hough of the Altno Mission. Other speakers include Alton Main Street Treasurer Debby Edelman, Rotary Club Vice President Tim Heinrichs, and representatives from the Salvation Army who will be kicking off the red kettle “Tree of Lights” campaign.

The public is encouraged to help the less fortunate by bringing canned food donations to the event, which will be constructed into a giant “Castle of Cans” to benefit the food pantry at the Salvation Army. You can also drop off non-perishable food donations in advance into collection boxes in the lobby of Alton City Hall any time before 5pm on Thursday, November 15th.

Between the hours of 5:30-7:30, free trolley transportation will be provided between Lincoln-Douglas Square and the Riverbender.com Community Center, located at 200 W. 3rd Street. Following the Tree Lighting, the public is invited to the Community Center’s Holiday Open House to play games, do crafts, visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and warm up with refreshments indoors until 10:00 p.m.

The public is encouraged to make a night of it and enjoy the fun activities in the district while patronizing the downtown merchants for their holiday shopping.