Alton Community Tree Lighting


Join us for an Alton tradition, the Tree Lighting ceremony is held at Lincoln-Douglas Square every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving!



On Friday, November 19th Alton Main Street will host an event that’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit. The 27th Annual Community Tree Lighting at Lincoln-Douglas Square will begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:00. The free festivities including caroling, cookies and hot cocoa will continue until 6:45 when Mayor David Goins 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 free photos with Santa and costumed holiday characters.

Carols will fill the air throughout the evening, and there will be a blessing of the tree by Reverend Sheila Goins of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Other speakers include Vice President of Alton Main Street Chris Miller, Rotary Club President Steve Schwartz, and Captain Cassy Grey from the Salvation Army, who will be kicking off their red kettle Tree of Lights campaign.

The public is encouraged to help the less fortunate by bringing non-perishable food donations to the event, which will be constructed into a giant “Castle of Cans” to benefit the food pantry at the Salvation Army.

Between the hours of 5:30-7:30, free trolley transportation will be provided between Lincoln-Douglas Square and the 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, make crafts, visit with Santa, and warm up with refreshments indoors until 10:00 p.m.

Don’t miss *The Great $25,000 Toy Giveaway* sponsored by and Hit-n-Run convenience stores – CLICK HERE for full details!

There will also be free horse and carriage rides departing from the corner of 3rd & Belle Streets from 7:00-9:00!

Make a night of it and enjoy the fun activities in the district while patronizing the downtown merchants for your holiday shopping.

Alton Main Street would like to thank the following sponsors who have made this event possible:

City of Alton, Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau, Illinois American Water, CNB Bank & Trust, Alton Memorial Hospital, 1st Mid-America Credit Union, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery, Chiro One, Poputopia Gourmet Popcorn and Sweets, Picture This & More, Sam’s Pawn Shop, Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab,, The Telegraph, WBGZ Radio, and AdVantage,