Wondering what to do this winter in Springfield? Check out our Springfield, Missouri winter bucket list for ideas to make this season the best ever.

Visit Stops Along The Ozarks Coffee Trail

Ozarks Coffee Trail

Warm up this winter with the Ozarks Coffee Trail. The area is home to several coffee shops, each offering its own take on a cup o' java, tea, pastries, and other coffee shop wares in unique settings ranging from modern chic to boho. Sign-up, check in and make qualified purchases of coffee, tea or other items from at least 10 of the coffee shops participating in this program by Sept. 29, 2023. When you’re finished, you’ll win a free limited-edition souvenir mug (while supplies last.). Don’t forget to check out the terms and conditions so you know exactly how it works.

Attend The Springfield Christmas Parade

Experience the joy of Christmas with this year’s Christmas parade. Downtown will be dressed up with lights, garland and the mayor’s Christmas tree. Shop for the perfect gifts for loved ones, stay warm as you sip your favorite coffee and check out the special holiday window displays. The parade is scheduled for 2 p.m., Dec. 10. in downtown Springfield. 

See The Nutcracker

Springfield Ballet Nutcracker 2017

See the Springfield Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 16-19 at the Lander’s Theatre. In its 37th season, this original ballet continues to bring joy to families across the Ozarks. Follow along with Clara and her Prince as they journey through this exciting holiday tale.

Listen To The Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Christmas ConcertPhoto by Discover Creative Services

Attend the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert where you'll hear all your holiday favorites. Attend the 2:30 p.m. matinee show on Dec. 11 for a free condensed version of the show. If you are looking to purchase tickets for the full concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, click here

Ice Skating At Jordan Valley Ice Park

Ice skatingTake to the ice at the only indoor ice skating park in the Ozarks. You can skate for fun or sign up for classes to perfect your form. Check out this coupon on our coupons page for a free skate rental.

See An Ice Bears Hockey Game

The Ice Bears play September through February with dozens of games right here in Springfield. Support the Missouri State Ice Bears by attending a game at Jordan Valley Ice Park. Check out the Ice Bear's schedule to see what games you can attend.

View Light Displays

If you’re looking for an extra special bit of holiday fun, head out in the evening to enjoy some of the best Christmas lights displays in southwest Missouri. Check out our post Where To See Christmas Lights Around The Ozarks for all the great locations.

Have A Drink at the Vantage Igloos

Igloo at sunsetWinter isn’t the favorite season for those who despise cold weather, but a heated igloo at Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory might do the trick. Plastic igloos are set up on the rooftop bar when cold weather blows in and they are a hit with locals and tourists. This year you have the option to reserve your igloo in advance. Reservations start at $30 for 1 hour and 45 minutes on weekdays or $60 on weekends. Head to the reservation page on Vantage’s website to book your desired time and date.

Buy A Real Christmas Tree

Real Christmas Tree

There’s nothing like the smell of pine needles during the holidays. If you’re interested in a real tree for your home this year, check out where you can purchase real Christmas trees around the Ozarks.

Shop Locally

Farmers MarketWhether searching for well-known stores or unique mom-and-pop shops, shoppers can find what they're looking for at shops all around Springfield. Check out these shopping destinations around the city with a variety of original merchandise and megastores that carry all your favorite names.

Enjoy Pineapple Solstice

Pineapple WhipPhoto courtesy of Pineapple Whip

Treat yourself to a taste of summer in January as Pineapple Whip reemerges during the winter solstice. A Springfield tradition, grab a cone or a cup, or even a pint before they disappear until the summer months. Check Pineapple Whip’s Instagram for opening dates.

Visit A Cave

Fantastic Caverns

With caves staying at a comfortable 60 degrees year-round in the Ozarks, winter is the perfect time to explore. Missouri has had the title of being The Cave State for many years. With over 6,000 caves documented in the state’s karst topography, tourists and locals can explore Missouri’s most beautiful and extensive underground caverns. Check out caves such as:

Smallin Civil War Cave

Fantastic Caverns

Lost Canyon Cave

Marvel Cave

Visit Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas®

Silver Dollar City Old Time ChristmasPhoto courtesy of Silver Dollar City

Celebrate Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson with over 6.5 million twinkling lights and live holiday shows. Gather the whole family for holiday feasts served family-style. Plus, enjoy seasonal favorites like caramel apples, wassail and hot chocolate at restaurants and concessions throughout the park. Visit the park from Nov. 5-Dec. 30, 2022 for all the holiday fun.

See A Holiday Movie/Show

View your favorite holiday classics on the big screen at several theaters in the city. See nostalgic movies, such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and others, at The Gillioz Theatre. For themed movie parties and menu items, The Alamo Drafthouse will show favorites such as “White Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and others. Check out the event schedules for more details.

Stay At A Cozy Hotel or Cabin

Glamping at Camp Long Creek at Big Cedar LodgePhoto courtesy of Big Cedar

Nothing beats a cold fall or winter day like staying at a cozy hotel, suite or bed and breakfast inn. If you're looking to treat yourself or have the most comfortable stay during your trip to Springfield and the Ozarks, check out these Cozy Places To Stay This Winter Around The Ozarks.

Make Your Own Christmas Gifts and Decor

Instead of buying new winter decorations, make a one-of-a-kind piece! There are several spots in Springfield that allow you to make a custom piece to take home with you. Some include:

Settle In For A Cozy Read

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with your favorite titles or a new find. Visit one of Springfield’s locally owned bookstores for your next novel. Check out these 4 Local Bookstores in Springfield to see some locally owned stores in the area.

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