Christmas on the Square

Step into a bygone era and immerse yourself in the enchanting charm of historic Christmas celebrations on the Square with a modern twist. The History Museum on the Square is delighted to unveil a nostalgic vignette that celebrates downtown Springfield’s cherished holiday traditions and introduces a new window display that will capture your heart.

Welcome to Christmas on the Square.

In the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, downtown Springfield stood as the ultimate holiday shopping destination, drawing people from across the Ozarks to share in the joy of the season. The streets of Downtown were adorned with shimmering lights, creating an atmosphere of merriment and wonder that truly embodied the spirit of Christmas.

General Admission applies.

The History Museum on the Square is looking for digital donations of photos that capture Springfield’s Christmases from the past. We are eager to preserve and share the history of this cherished tradition and would be delighted to include your memories in our Voices of History Gallery. If you want to donate your Christmas photos from years past digitally, email us at