See Santa Scuba Dive
When: November 8–December 20
Why We Love It: There’s something extra-special swimming around the aquarium this holiday season at Wonders of Wildlife and, believe it or not, it’s Santa! That’s right, Saint Nick and his elves gear up to go scuba diving, making random appearances Saturdays and Sundays at WOW. So ,be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Scuba Claus as you check out all the beautiful fish. While he won't be taking note of Christmas wishes while he’s swimming, he's available for all the selfies your heart desires.
COVID Restrictions: To keep guests safe and prevent crowds, Scuba Claus will appear at random, unscheduled times. Face coverings are required of all quests. Free hand sanitizer stations are also placed around the aquarium and museum.
Tune in to the Mayor’s Tree Lighting
When: November 21 at 7 p.m.
Why We Love It: This annual event marks the beginning of Springfield’s Festival of Lights. This year, instead of gathering around the massive Christmas on the downtown square, the tree lighting is broadcast on KY3 from the rooftop of Vantage as Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera and Springfield Little Theatre perform. After the lighting, load the family into the car and drive through a special lighted exhibit downtown where Santa awaits for those must-snap selfies.
COVID Restrictions: This year’s tree lighting is being broadcast instead of in-person to avoid crowds.