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:
- 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.)