Winter Nights at the Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) will join the fun of downtown Springfield’s Holiday Walks with ballet performances, craft tables for children, amazing lights and special effects, and free admission during special hours. 

At the ALPLM, the fun begins with colorful, ever-changing lights that will decorate Union Square Park throughout the holiday season. Inside, visitors can take pictures as snow fills the air, courtesy of our special effects team. There will also be a beautifully lit selfie station.

Winter Nights at the Museum will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from November 26 to December 21. The ALPLM will be open until 7:00 p.m. on these evenings. Here's what you can expect..

* The Copper Coin Ballet Company will perform selections from “The Nutcracker” in the museum’s Union Theater each Wednesday and Saturday, beginning November 26 and running through December 17. The performances take place at 5:30 p.m., but we begin distributing free tickets at 4:00 p.m., so arrive early to ensure you get a seat. “The Nutcracker” follows the magical adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle with the Mouse King and journey to the Land of the Sweets.

* The fun also includes arts and crafts activities for children at the Winter Wonder Workshop, located in our former cafe space. They’ll get to transform cups into adorable penguins and polar bears, make “melted” snowmen, create a friend wearing a paper hat, and more.

* Guests will be dazzled with performances of our famous "Ghosts of the Library" show at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. On Wednesday, December 21, we'll also offer special presentations of "Lincoln's Eyes" in Union Theater at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

* And, find that perfect holiday gift for that special someone in our museum store! The museum store will be open late until 7:00 p.m. each evening for the Holiday Walks.

Admission will be free on those evenings for anyone who donates personal-care items for people in need. The ALPLM will accept travel-sized shampoo, deodorant, soap and toothpaste, disposable razors, tampons and sanitary pads, socks and gloves. All items must be new.

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