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.
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.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
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
Personally Yours Creations