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Winter Nights at the Museum

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, 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.

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 reserve 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.

* The Prairie Winds Ensemble will entertain guests touring our exhibit “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois.” The performances will take place on Saturday, November 25, Wednesday, November 29, and Saturday, December 2, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. in the Illinois Gallery.

* The fun also includes arts and crafts activities for children at the Winter Wonder Workshop, located in Lincoln’s Cafe. Each week we’ll share different winter-themed craft activities that you can create on-site or take home. Education staff will also share hands-on history activities with a winter wonder twist… it’s sure to be “cool,” so don’t miss out!

* Guests will be dazzled with performances of our famous “Ghosts of the Library” show at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. each evening during the downtown Holiday Walks.

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.

December 13, 2023 4:00 PM – December 13, 2023 7:00 PM
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N 6th St
Springfield, Illinois 67201
Admission is free
Register online at
(217) 558-8844

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