From Costumes to Culture, Pageantry to Parades, Downtown Jefferson City is Abuzz with Family-Friendly Festivities 


JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - Holiday hospitality is a specialty in Jefferson City. As the final quarter of the year plays out, Missouri's capital city has events and attractions ideal for celebrating the late-year holidays. Costumes, fall festivals and Christmas revelry wrap the downtown streets in warmth that would comfort the spookiest of specters, the jolliest of elves or the crankiest of Scrooges.


Sample the variety of seasonal celebrations with a visit to one of Jefferson City's family-oriented fall festivals ... and any of the city's traditional and non-traditional Christmas-oriented festivities.




Capital City Fall Festivals

Jefferson City celebrates the sights, smells and tastes of fall, as well as its multicultural heritage, at two festivals on Oct. 20 in the downtown area:

  • Fresh kettle corn, apple cider, animals from the Missouri Department of Conservation and live bluegrass music highlight the fun-filled HarvestFest at the Mansion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion. Bring the kids in costume or in street clothes for free children's books and cookies. The first floor of the mansion also will be open for tours during the festival. For more on HarvestFest, call 573-751-0526.

  • Jefferson City's cultural unity and diversity take center stage at the Multicultural Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the downtown shopping area. This family festival, presented by the Jefferson City Multicultural Forum, features live performances from a variety of musicians, cultural dance demonstrations, a fashion show, music, great food, vendor booths, children's activities, arts, crafts and much more. For more about the Multicultural Fall Festival, call 573-291-3524, email  or visit either or on the web.


Holiday Season Celebrations

Although south of the North Pole, Jefferson City is located in the heart of the holiday spirit. In the capital city, the "season to be jolly" comes with plenty of reasons to be jolly. A parade, candlelight tours, caroling, living window displays, and the twinkling color of Christmas lights and trees can all be found in and around the downtown area:

  • For over 20 years, Jefferson City has turned three blocks of downtown storefronts into a holiday must-see during Living Windows. This year's event is set for Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Over 50 groups cooperate to make the window displays come alive with singers, dancers, nativity scenes, religious displays and holiday scenes. Downtown hayrides wind their way through the streets and Santa Claus will be on hand to greet little boys and girls in his yearly visit to Hawthorn Bank. Other highlights include refreshments, carolers from the Central United Church of Christ choir, performances from the Jefferson City Dance Academy and more. For information about this event, call Sam Bushman at 573-634-7267.
  • Every year, Missouri's Governor and First Lady welcome people into their home for holiday candlelight tours of the exquisitely decorated Governor's Mansion. The candlelight tours will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dozens of floats decorated for the holidays, some of the area's best marching bands playing Christmas standards and, of course, Santa Claus himself, make their way along the capital city's downtown streets at 4:30 p.m. during Jefferson City's Christmas Parade on Dec. 1. For more information about this annual holiday event sponsored by the Jefferson City Jaycees, please email
  • Jefferson City Public School's Capitol Caroling event celebrates its 75th year at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. This Jefferson City tradition will include performances by the Jefferson City High School Symphonic Band and High School Orchestra and Chorale, as well as the Simonsen 9th Grade Center Choir and the JCHS Concert Choir. Seating in the rotunda is limited. For more details, call 573-632-2820.



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For more information about these and other attractions in and around Jefferson City, please contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-769-4183, at or at the city's Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest pages.   


Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ryan Winkler, Communications Manager 

(573) 632-2820  



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