Christmas Gathering

On the first Saturday of December each year, Downtown Momence is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with a day-long festival featuring children's activities, holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and much more! Lighted storefront windows with the 2019 theme "Home for the Holidays", capture the magic of the season. This year, a strolling snowman, reindeer, and gingerbread man will be available for holiday photos. The celebration of the Community Tree Lighting ceremony is a fitting conclusion to the Christmas Gathering, and this year it will take place in the Clock Tower Park at the northwest corner of Dixie Hwy. and River Street.

The 19th Annual Christmas Gathering will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 1-5pm 

We have made some changes to the event this year. The Visitor's Center and Warming House will be at the Momence Youth Center at 116 E. Washington from 1-5pm, where you can come in from the cold and enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies. Tickets for the Santa photos, Facepainting, Horse and Carriage ride, and Pony ride are available here for $1 each. These activities will require tickets in order to participate. The Scavenger Hunt will not be held this year.

This year's festive family-friendly atmosphere will be offering the following activities:

Santa and Rivard kids Carriage rides Kid's Christmas train
  • 10am-5pm - Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at the Schoeffner Farm Museum (105 E. 2nd St.)
  • 1-4pm - Storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Holiday Crafts at the Library (223 N. Locust)
  • 1-5pm - Santa in his Workshop at City Hall (29 N. Dixie) Photos: 5 tickets
  • 1-5pm - Face Painting by Wildstyle at City Hall (29 N. Dixie) 5 tickets
  • 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm show times - Living Nativity at Giving Hope Church of the Nazarene (106 N. Dixie)
  • 1-5pm - Ornament Making at former Currency Exchange Building (34 N. Dixie) $1 - Hosted by Momence Troopers 4H
  • 1-5pm - Horse-drawn Carriage Rides on West Washington St. Adults: 5 tickets, Children: free
  • 1-5pm - Kid's Christmas Train on West Washington St.
  • 1-5pm - Pony Rides on West Washington St. 5 tickets
  • 4-5pm - Music by Matt Yeager, Momence Jr. High Choir, Mary Cantwell, and the Girl Scout Choir at Clock Tower Park
  • 5pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony at Clock Tower Park (NW corner of Dixie and River St.)

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets for $10 each!
Available prior to the event from MSM Board members, and at the Warming House on the day of the event.

2019 Sponsors

Silva International, Inc.
Riverside Medical Center
Art's Landsaping
Baker & Taylor
Cotter Funeral Home
Midland State Bank
Sammy's Pizza
Bordertown Guns (in memory of Pat Zugg)
Sonny's Vape & Smoke Shop (in memory of Pat Zugg)
Bordertown Tatoo
Rad, Inc. Barb Starkey (in memory of Don & Virginia Bratton)
Clippers to Caviar
River Valley Animal Rescue
Silver Dollar Restaurant
Milner Broadcasting - WVLI, WFAV, WIVR, WYUR

Thanks to these and many other businesses, organizations, and individuals who are contributing to or participating in this event.

Recent Events

Auctioneer Bill Phelps
April 29th

Community Auction

A great time was had by all with River Valley Auctioneers Bill Phelps and Danny Loftus accepting bids on all sorts of treasures.

Cruise Night on Washington Street
May - August

Cruise Nights

Washington Street Downtown once again came alive with antique and unique "Cool Cars under the Stars" throughout the summer. The public came out to browse, listen to the music, eat some great food, and take a chance on the split the pot drawings held at each event.

Saturday before Halloween

Bordertown Hauntings

Main Street's Annual Bordertown Hauntings features a wide variety of activities, including downtown trick-or-treating, pumpkin and cookie decorating, Children's and pet costume contests, magic show, spooky storytelling at the library, Halloween songs with Farmer Ron at the Farm Museum, and more. In Historic Downtown Momence from noon-4pm for a great, family-friendly day.


tree lighting ceremony

Chrismas Gathering

Saturday, December 7th

This annual Holiday event features the downtown brimming with Holiday Cheer - with special guest Santa in his workshop, horse-drawn carriage rides, craft show, and lots more activities for young and old alike. Beautifully decorated store windows in the theme "Home for the Holidays" and the community Christmas Tree warmly welcome visitors to this Momence Holiday Tradition.