Winter Nights at the Museum featuring "The Nutcracker"

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will join the fun of downtown Springfield’s Holiday Walks for Winter Nights at the Museum with ballet performances, ice skating in Union Park, amazing lights and special effects, and free admission (and free parking!) during special hours.

At the ALPLM, the fun begins with colorful, ever-changing lights that will decorate Union Square Park throughout the holiday season.

Winter Nights at the Museum will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from November 25 to December 23. 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 December 6 and running through December 23. The performances will take place at 5:30 p.m.  Please click “RESERVE TICKETS” below to select tickets for the performance you wish to attend. “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.  

* Guests will be dazzled with performances of our famous "Ghosts of the Library" show! Please note there will only be one performance at 6:45 p.m. on December 23 during the downtown Holiday Walk. 

* Ice Skating returns to Union Square Park on the ALPLM campus during this year’s Downtown Springfield Holiday Walks!

Community volunteers will operate the skating rink with FREE skate rental on the following dates/times…

  • Wednesday, December 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Just come inside historic Union Station to grab a pair of skates and then get ready for fun with your friends and family!

Admission for Winter Nights at the Museum will be free beginning at 4:00 p.m. during these evenings, but a donation is suggested of new, unused toiletries for local warming centers. 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.

Parking in the ALPLM Parking Garage will be FREE during the Holiday Walks on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and ALL DAY on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. between November 25 and December 23.

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