2020 First Night® Springfield

Springfield Area Arts Council’s signature event is First Night® Springfield, a family-friendly, handicapped-accessible, and affordable event.

This year’s First Night Springfield is the city’s 33rd annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council on December 31, 2019.

First Night originated in Boston in 1976 as a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Springfield’s First Night was the first in Illinois and remains the longest running.

We will open First Night Springfield on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve—Tuesday, December 31—with FREE children’s hands-on creative activities and entertainment in three areas at Springfield High School from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.

At 4:15, Mark Gifford will present a  theatre organ concert in the Springfield High School auditorium.  $5 admission or a First Night wristband.

5:00 marks the start of the evening’s entertainment on multiple stages at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.

The traditional First Night fireworks display will begin at 8:00 P.M. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.  The fireworks are designed by Nostalgia Pyrotechnics under the direction of Carl Steinmacher.

Following the fireworks, another round of First Night performances will begin at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.

The celebration concludes at 11:15 so that attendees can get home or to a favorite spot to ring in the New Year.

First Night Springfield admission wristbands:  For adults, the cost is $18 when purchased by December 30 or $20 on December 31.  Tickets are $5 for children ages 5 through 18.   Under age 5, free.  Wristbands are available in-person at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office or online at www.hcfta.org.

FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD SUPPORTERS

FRIENDS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD
In loving memory of Lisa “Lu” Cannon

SUPPORTERS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD
Alice Campbell Staffing
BJ Grand Salons, Inc.
By-Pass Auto Body
Capital City Speakers Bureau
Douglas Kamholz
Hanson Professional Services
John Allen and Patti Hodges
Joe McMenamin, Ward 7 Alderman
Jones-Blythe Construction
Misty Hagstrom
Nancy Cook
Penny Wollan-Kriel
Phyllis Eubanks
Springfield Poets and Writers
Steve Bedford/State Farm
Steven Bryant
United Community Bank
Warren-Boynton State Bank

IN-KIND FRIENDS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD
Abraham Lincoln Home National
Historic Site
Color World of Printing
Courtney Wick (entertainment
scheduling)
Funshop
Greg Walbert (First Night®
Springfield artwork/theme)
Hoogland Center for the Arts
Illinois State Museum (Springfield HS children’s crafts sponsor)
Illinois Times
Kari Bedford Photography
Lincoln Library
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Misty Hagstrom (First Night®
Springfield program design)
Nostalgia Pyrotechnics/Carl
“Boom-Boom” Steinmacher
Ronda Brinkman (children’s
activities coordinator)
Scott Brandt (volunteer coordinator)
Springfield Dance
Springfield High School