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DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Get in the holiday spirit during the whole month of December! Watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony, attend the Holiday Light Parade, visit Santa, vote for the best gingerbread house, and shop for the perfect gift. Click below to find just the perfect activity for you!

TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA'S ARRIVAL

This year's Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will feature live holiday music and dance performances.

 

There will also be holiday giveaways, a holiday photo op, roving mascots, and a Santa letter-writing station. Santa will make his grand entrance to downtown a little after 6:00 p.m. for the lighting of the Gridiron Tree. Santa’s House will then officially open for visitors at approximately 6:30—9:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting

VISITS WITH SANTA

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Look for the little red and white house located next to the South Bend Chocolate Café (at the 100 Block of S. Michigan St.). Santa’s House is a great place to spend one-on-one time with the “big guy.”

Don’t forget to bring your wish list and a camera! Each child who visits Santa will receive an “I Believe” sticker which will enable them to receive trinkets and discounts throughout downtown South Bend, including a  complimentary chocolate bar from the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. 

NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for Visits With Santa this year. Please limit your visit to a few minutes per visitor so that everyone can participate.

Santa Schedule

  • Fridays: December 8*, 15, 22 | 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    *break from 7-8 p.m. for Holiday Light Parade

  • Saturday, December 2 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

  • Remaining Saturdays 9, 16, 23 | 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

  • Sundays: December 3, 10, 17, 24 | 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Visits With Santa

Holiday Specials and Calendar

Holiday Specials
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First Fridays

FIRST FRIDAYS  
DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

**Announcement: Due to weather, the Tree Lighting and Santa's arrival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2**

It all kicks off at the Gridiron at 5:00 p.m. with live holiday music and dance performances, plus a holiday photo op, roving mascots, a Santa letter station, giveaways, and more! 

The Gingerbread Village will be located in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott. View the entries and vote for your favorite!

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Gingerbread Village

FESTIVAL OF TREES

View holiday trees decorated by local sponsors and organizations! Vote for your favorite on DTSB's Facebook page. The winner will be announced on DTSB's social media. 

Decor

HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE

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Th DTSB Holiday Light Parade will take place on Jefferson Blvd. Friday, December 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

Do you have a float or walking unit you would like to enter into the parade?  Fill out the online application here. The application deadline is December 1.

Light Parade

HOLIDAY ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR

The DTSB Holiday Historic Walking Tour is back! Come celebrate the holiday season and explore South Bend's unique history on the DTSB Holiday Historic Walking Tour on Sunday, Dec. 17. Take a trip through time with free self-guided tours of historic homes and businesses in the West Washington National Historic District.

Walking Tour

HOLIDAY FITNESS FEST

Join us for a DTSB Holiday Fitness Fest! On Saturday, Dec. 16, Beacon Health & Fitness will be offering free fitness classes!
 

8-8:45 a.m. - BodyPump

9:15-10 a.m. - Pilates

1030-1130 a.m. - Yoga
 

Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation with you to support St. Vincent DePaul's Food Pantry.

Fitness Fest

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