Saturday, December 10th | Downtown Galesburg, IL

Galesburg Express is a Polar-Express-themed holiday festival in historic Galesburg, IL. This annual event celebrates our heritage as well as the season and delights people of all ages! The festival features live performances by local performers in song and dance, as well as a special screening of The Polar Express at The Orpheum Theatre. Plus, there are free carriage rides, kids' crafts, a holiday market, and much, much more.

Schedule of Events

December 10th, 2022 | Downtown Galesburg, IL | View on Google Calendar

Donuts & Cocoa with Santa & Mrs. Claus

8:00 a.m. - 9:45am| Discovery Depot | 128 S Chambers Street | $12 non-members, $10 members

Join the Discovery Depot gang for Donuts & Cocoa with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Play in the museum, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and create in Blick Art Studio! 

Register by Friday, December 9th. 

Holiday Market

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | The Kensington | 311 E Simmons Street | Free Admission; Items Vary

A curated show for handmade crafts, artsy treats, boutique items, and wholesome eats. A variety of gifts available for anyone on your nice list. 

Interested in selling your products? Fill out this form by December 5th, 2022.

Cheer Station & Santa Stop

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Galesburg Public Library | 40 E Simmons Street | Free Admission


Take your photo with Santa! Let the Teen Advisory Board warm your heart with their cheer station. Craft holiday cards for our friends in assisted living facilities. Linger in our library terminal where loads of holiday books, films, and more are available for checkout with your library card!

Make Merry with our Merchants

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Various | Free Admission


Clay Ornament Painting at Art Defined | 306B E Simmons Street

Holiday Scent Sachets at Cornucopia | 176 S Seminary Street

Make & Take Ornaments at Personally Yours | 223 E Main Street

Holiday Reading & Take-Home Ornament at Wordsmith Bookshoppe | 235 E Main Street

Horse and Carriage Rides

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Outside the Orpheum Theatre | 57 S Kellogg Street | Donations Encouraged 

Take a spin (or, rather, a Clydesdale) around downtown with this favorite Galesburg Express attraction. Presented by Bates Collision. 

Selections from The Nutcracker by Dancers' Studio

 1:30pm | The Orpheum Theatre | 57 S Kellogg Street | Free Admission


Preview Dancers' Studio's production of The Nutcracker

Movie: The Polar Express

2:00 p.m. | The Orpheum Theatre | 57 S Kellogg Street | Free Admission

Come in out of the cold to enjoy this warm Christmas favorite! Presented by Blick Art Materials.


"The First Gift of Christmas" Giveaway 

Approximately 3:30 p.m. | The Orpheum Theatre | 57 S Kellogg Street | Free Admission

Immediately following The Polar Express screening, enter to win "the first gift of Christmas" -- one of three model train sets, courtesy of the National Railroad Hall of Fame.


Movie: The Grinch

7:00 p.m. | The Orpheum Theatre | 57 S Kellogg Street | Free Admission

Step in from the wind and warm up with a recent edition of a Christmas classic.  Presented by Blick Art Materials.

Play: All Through the House

7:30 p.m. | Prairie Players Civic Theatre | 160 S Seminary Street | Tickets Required

Poker, Shakespeare, best friends, and annoying in-laws collide in this chaotic Christmas comedy by William Gleason. Tickets available online



Galesburg Express is made possible through generous sponsors who donate valuable resources! Thanks to:

  • Blick Art Materials

  • Bates Collision Center

  • National Railroad Hall of Fame


We also would like to thank all of our participating organizations for helping our event grow!

  • Galesburg Tourism and Visitors Bureau

  • National Railroad Hall of Fame

  • Galesburg Public Library

  • The Orpheum Theatre

  • Art Defined

  • Cornucopia

  • Mother Goosebumps

  • Personally Yours Creations

  • Wordsmith Bookshoppe


Get in touch for additional information or if you have any questions regarding Galesburg Express.

Galesburg, IL 61401, USA


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