THE COFFEE ETHIC
They offer document disposal to businesses and transform the shredded paper into unique art and furniture. They empower individuals with disabilities by providing meaningful employment. Come get your loved one a wine rack for the holidays!
Come relax and enjoy a beverage while shopping downtown or pick up some whole bean coffee and brewing gear for someone on your list.
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124 Park Central Square, 417-866-6645, thecoffeeethic.com
Photos courtesy Art Inspired, Kevin O’Riley, Lance Sitton, Ernie Biggs, Finnegan’s Wake, Gillioz Theatre, Justin Gault, Ikenroth Images
310 S. Campbell Ave., 417-868-8084, artinspired.me
A Fine Gentlemen’s Barber Club on the square. This beautiful turn-of-the-century setting takes you back to a time when fine gentlemen had a place to call their own. Each detail was hand crafted with its own story in history to tell.
Ernie Biggs is celebrating 10 years in downtown Springfield. Join them for the holidays for fun entertainment, and sing along with your favorite songs. Book your reservation at erniebiggs.com.
Finnegan’s Wake Trivia Night is every Wednesday at 8 p.m. There are prizes and it’s free to play. Your penchant for useless or perhaps inappropriate knowledge will be of assistance.
312 South Ave., 417-865-4782, erniebiggs.com
305 South Ave., 417-869-1500, Finnegan’s on Facebook
Come see some shows this season. Nov 29Christmas Vacation. Dec 13- Drew Carey. Dec 19- Q102’s Rock B4 Xmas. Dec 27- Spaceballs. Jan 27- El Monstero: Definitive Pink Floyd Tribute. Feb 6- Pentatonix. Feb 25- Dropkick Murphys.
Keeping it hot all winter! Regularly scheduled holiday and seasonal themed painting classes. They are now taking reservations for your family or office holiday party.
Springfield Ballet proudly presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, December 12–15 at the historic Landers Theatre. Share the magic with someone you love this season! TIX 869-1334 INFO 862-1343 311 E. Walnut St., springfieldballet.org
109 Park Central Square, 417-720-1196, downtowndapper.com
325 Park Central E, 417-863-7843, gillioz.org
440 S. Campbell Ave., 417-413-4331, rsvpaint.com
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here’s no place like downtown for the Holidays. One-ofa-kind gifts, theatre performances and twinkling lights are just a few of the seasonal highlights you can’t miss.
Check out our Queen City’s historic highlights and the holi› Morning: › day window display at the History Museum on the Square. Afternoon: Feed your hunger at one of downtown’s signature pubs. › We suggest the Fish & Chips at
Dublin’s Pass, or a juicy burger at Ebbets Field. After lunch, catch an independent film at the Moxie Cinema. Added bonus: they’ve got local craft beers on tap! Evening: An evening show at The Gillioz Theatre followed by a frosty beverage at Finnegan’s Wake. Added bonus: Finnegan’s hosts Trivia every Wednesday evening!
A DATE TO REMEMBER
Get your guy date-night-ready at Dapper, A Fine Gentle› Morning: men’s Barber Club. Next, head to Modern Society for some
co-ed shopping. Afternoon: Grab a slice at PaPPo’s Pizzeria to kick off the afternoon. We hear their meatball pizza is to die for! Paint your heart out at RSVPaint while enjoying your favorite adult beverage. Seriously, fun! Evening: Indulge in happy hour with wine at Ophelia’s—it’s the perfect complement to dinner at Nonna’s Italian Café or Ristorante Gilardi’s. Both downtown favorites! Late Night: Scotch & Soda, a cool cocktail house with cozy lighting and furniture, is the perfect spot to wind down. Finally, end the evening with a tour of the square on a horsedrawn carriage ride. How romantic!
Nothing beats early eats at Gailey’s Breakfast Café. It’s a › Morning: local favorite, so get there early! Swing through the Park Central Branch Library. Educa› Afternoon: tional activities and story times are fun (and free) for everyone.
› Morning: Start your day with a barre class, or indulge in spa treat› › ›
ments at Balance Fitness Studio. Every girl loves to be pampered! Caffeine is the perfect Christmas shopping partner, so fuel up at Coffee Ethic and hit the streets! Obelisk Home, Springfield Pottery and Art Inspired have some of the best, most unique gifts around! Afternoon: Lunch at Big Whiskey’s is a no-brainer. Delicious salads, to-die-for dips and a full bar give you plenty of options. Nothing says it’s the holiday season like a matinee performance of Springfield Little Theatre’s Best Christmas Pageant Ever or Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Evening: Head to Parlor 88 Lounge for a cocktail. It’s the perfect happy hour spot! Added bonus: There are 88 wines and martinis to choose from! Late Night: Ladies love Ernie Bigg’s Piano Bar, and Ernie Bigg’s Piano Bar loves the ladies! Sing along with your favorite songs, or hop on stage for a hilarious serenade.
Photos courtesy Max Rosen, Jessica Kennon, Ernie Biggs, Downtown Springfield
IMPRESS OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS
Next, stroll over to The Cup for a sweet snack. The holiday themed cupcakes are fun for all ages. On your way, stop by one of the super cool giving meters decorated by local artists that raise money for people in need. Evening: Drop in to Springfield Brewing Company for dinner. A kids’ menu, custom items from the kitchen and craft beers ensure you’ll all leave happy campers. For more fun, 1984 ArCheck out al l cade, the Discovery Cen14 meters! ter of Springfield and ice skating at Mediacom Ice Park all provide exciting options for the whole family. Gift Idea: Purchase a brick for the “Walkway of Hope” in a loved one’s honor at Child Advocacy Center.
BIG WHISKEY’S Great service, great drinks and one of the best steak dinners in town. Start a new holiday tradition at Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill! 311 Park Central E., 417-862-2449, bigwhiskeys.com
EBBETS FIELD Experience the legendary pizza, burgers, drinks and service at Ebbets Field since 1981. Be your own Legend at Ebbets Field.
Photos courtesy Ikenroth Images, Kevin O’Riley, Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe, Ophelia’s
1027 E Walnut St., 417-865-5050, ebbetspub.com
DUBLIN’S PASS Celebrate the season at Dublin’s Pass! They’ve got something for the Irish spirit in us all. The perfect Guinness is served daily, and live music fills the pub every Friday and Saturday night. 317 Park Central E., 417.862.7625, dublinspass.com
GAILEY’S BREAKFAST CAFE
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NONNA’S ITALIAN CAFE
Enjoy a unique breakfast at Gailey’s. Whether your favorite dish is sweet potato hash browns or stuffed oatmeal, you will leave satisfied, but wanting more.
Visit Springfield’s authentic Italian restaurant. Their made-from-scratch pastas and extensive wine list will add to your holiday celebration! Get a free gift with every gift certificate purchase ($30 or higher).
220 E. Walnut St., 417-866-5500, Gailey’s on Facebook
306 South Ave., 417-831-1222, nonnascafe.com
Ophelia’s is cool Jazz, enticing small plates, discriminating wine selections, and cocktails so classic, they’re famous. Classy, casual and stimulating without attitude.
PaPPo’s Pizzeria is the place to be with the family for the holidays. With a wide variety of unique toppings, specialty pizzas and craft beers to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Parlor 88 is the place to meet for holiday fun! Happy hour goes until 7 p.m., plus there are great late night specials. Stop by for a cocktail, or enjoy a cozy date around the fireplace.
216 E. Walnut St., 417-368-9970, Ophelia’s on Facebook
221 E. Walnut St., 417-866-1111, pappospizzeria.com
300 Park Central E., 417-832-9514, parlor88.com
Downtown for the
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5–7; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7–8; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at The Landers Theatre. Admission: $12-$15. Sponsor: Springfield Little Theatre. 869-1334
CANDYLAND AT THE FOOTBRIDGE Noon–2 p.m. at Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Historic C-Street. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: The Kitchen, Inc. and Urban Districts Alliance. 831-6200
THE NUTCRACKER 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12–14; 2 p.m. Dec. 14–15; 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Landers Theatre. Admission: $16–$24. Sponsor: Springfield Ballet. 862-1343
Snag one-of-a-kind gifts to fill your stockings and grab a shopping pass at participating retailers for a chance to win a downtown shopping spree! 5 p.m. in Downtown Springfield. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: DSA. More information: 693-0827
CHRISTMAS PARADE 2 p.m. in Downtown Springfield. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: Urban Districts Alliance. 831-6200
PICTURES WITH SANTA 4:30–6:30 p.m. in Park Central Square. Admission: FREE. Sponsor: DSA. 693-0827
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LOFT WALK 5–9 p.m. in Downtown Springfield. Admission: $12. Sponsor: DSA. 693-0827
FIRST NIGHT SPRINGFIELD 8 p.m.–midnight at multiple downtown venues. Admission: In advance, $8 or $30 family four-pack; night of, $10 or $35 family four-pack; kids under 3, free. Sponsor: Springfield Regional Arts Council. 831-6200
for more information on these and additional downtown holiday activities, please visit itsalldowntown.com/fol
Balance Fitness Studio
Give the gift of Balance Classes include Pound Fit, Barre, Tabata, TRX, Super Sexy Sculpt 601 N. National Ave. #114 | 417-368-4421 becomebalance.com
Modern Society Izzy & Ali Holiday Tote, $105
311 S. Campbell Ave. | 417-831-0775 facebook.com/shopmodernsociety
Give the gift of technology Audio, visual, lighting 309 South Ave. | 417-861-3534 si-av.com
Sgrafitto bowls by Jennifer Falter, $38 each Whimsical, hand-carved, wheel-thrown porcelain
Photos courtesy Modern Society, Balance Fitness Studio, Springfield Pottery, Sensory Integration
416 S. Campbell Ave. | 417-864-4677 springfieldpottery.com