Local Experiences for Springfield
Experience matters. Local matters. The experiences below check both boxes. Enjoy these local experiences in Springfield and immerse yourself in new things to do within the place you call home.
Hosting Holiday Dinners with Local Makers
If you’re playing host to friends and family for the holidays this year, you’ll need to do some planning. Luckily, our community is filled with local merchants to help you pull off the perfect dinner party or cocktail soiree. Count on these local businesses to provide you with the most perfect decor, from floral arrangements to glassware. Whether you plan to hire a catering service or cook everything yourself, these local businesses are the places to go.
Things to Do in Winter
Chilly winter can make you want to hunker down on the couch for the season, but fortunately, there are lots of fun things to do to keep boredom at bay. Winter sports such as skiing, tubing and ice skating are all great ways to enjoy the elements. If you’d rather be indoors, try a romantic date night such as a cooking class, a weekend spa getaway or a cozy dinner with wine by the fire. The kids will love visiting an indoor water park, and the whole family can enjoy a day at the museum.
Seasonal Light Displays and Events
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Our community likes to get in the holiday spirit with plenty of festive activities, including Christmas caroling, light displays, Santa’s workshops and holiday markets. Embrace the magic of the season at Winterfest, shop till you drop at a holiday market, enjoy the beauty of twinkling Christmas lights and make memories with loved ones.
A fun way to explore our community and support local businesses is to embark on a cafe crawl. Gather your coffee buddy and hit a few coffee shops you’ve been meaning to visit. Order a seasonal beverage—and maybe a pastry or two—have a seat and soak up each unique vibe. Continue on to local bookstores, which may have cafes of their own, or visit a few bakeries to see what they offer.
During the holiday season, our community is filled with bustling shoppers looking to cross everything off their lists. Focus on supporting local this year by visiting farmers markets, local bakeries and confectioneries, gift shops and toy stores. Give back to the community that we call home while spreading holiday cheer!
Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities
This month as we remind ourselves of our good fortune, what better way to spread the love than to volunteer and give back to the community? Volunteering at a local food pantry or clothing donation center is a great way to participate in our community and make a difference. Hospital volunteering is also a rewarding opportunity to help those in need.
Seasonal Comfort Foods
Fall is the perfect season to revisit your favorite comfort food recipes. Soups, stews, casseroles and chili are great options to feed a crowd and warm you up. Whether you prefer to cook at home or enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant, we’ve rounded up a few comfort food recipes plus some places to enjoy a perfect fall meal.
Autumn means it’s time for fall festivals, pumpkin picking and football! This season offers many opportunities to make memories with your family—at a nearby pumpkin patch for hayrides, an apple orchard for apple cider and pie or a cultural experience at a local Oktoberfest. Soak up the mild weather at local art walks, cozy up by a fire pit on a patio or take a day trip to a nearby town!
Breweries + Wineries + Distilleries
Fall is a great time to discover the area’s wineries, breweries and distilleries. Whether you prefer wine, beer or spirits, there’s something for everyone at these fun-filled destinations. Take a tour of a local distillery, winery or brewery, then enjoy a flight of the business’ offerings. There’s so much to learn when you’re sipping local!