The enchantment of the holiday season comes alive in Downtown Evansville, where a special Polar Express-themed installation is set to dazzle your family on a one-night-only event. Starting at Riverside & Main, this festive journey invites you to explore the heart of the city, whether on foot or by car – the magic awaits!

DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE
DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE
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Spectacular Holiday Décor and Lighting Installations

As you explore Main Street and its connecting streets, be prepared to be mesmerized by a dazzling display of holiday cheer:

  • Lighted Trees along Riverside Drive: The riverfront will sparkle with the glow of beautifully illuminated trees, creating a magical ambiance.
  • Chandelier Tree at 100 Block of Main: Sponsored by F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors, this majestic tree promises to be a breathtaking centerpiece of the festivities.
  • 12' Nutcrackers and Lighted Archway at 2nd & Main - 200 Block of Main: Giant nutcrackers and a radiant archway will transport you to a winter wonderland, setting the stage for holiday joy.
Photo by: Downtown Evansville Santa Stroll
Photo by: Downtown Evansville Santa Stroll
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  • Heart of Downtown Evansville Lighting Installation: Experience the heart of the city aglow with festive lights, radiating warmth, and holiday spirit.
  • Santa's Little Helpers Alley with 3D Elements: Delight in an alley filled with charming 3D elements that bring Santa's little helpers to life.
  • Decorated Fountain: Witness the transformation of a fountain into a festive masterpiece, adding a touch of magic to the cityscape.
  • 10' Christmas Tree: A towering Christmas tree will stand tall, adorned with twinkling lights and decorations.
  • Tunnel of Light: Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing tunnel of lights, creating a magical passage that captivates all who pass through.
  • 12' Snowflake: A giant snowflake suspended in the air adds a touch of elegance and wonder to the holiday spectacle.
  • City of Evansville Tree at Civic Center: The city's official tree, located at the Civic Center, will shine brightly, symbolizing the unity of the community during the festive season.
PHOTO: 425 Main DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE
PHOTO: 425 Main DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE
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Special Guests Bring Joy to the Celebration

Get ready for delightful encounters with holiday icons such as Santa, Olaf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Abominable Snowmonster, and other surprise characters who make special appearances. These guests are sure to add an extra sprinkle of magic to the festivities.

Photo by: Downtown Evansville Santa Stroll
Photo by: Downtown Evansville Santa Stroll
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Santa Stroll Gifts and Goodies Await - Friday, December 15, 2023 5pm-7pm

As you stroll along Main Street, you will receive a complimentary Christmas ornament, as you engage in festive holiday crafts, savor a cup of hot cocoa to warm your spirits, and proudly showcase special Downtown Evansville stickers.

“Now in its fourth year, this event debuted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community reception was overwhelmingly positive, with hundreds of cars participating. This year we are providing multiple options for guests, including the ability to join us by foot or vehicle. We look forward to seeing lots of smiling children and families,” says Adam Trinkel, executive director, EID.

Don't miss this opportunity to create lasting memories and celebrate the holiday season in the heart of Downtown Evansville.

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