Art by Rachel Evers ; Design by Misty Hagstrom

2020 First Night® Springfield

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

Last year’s First Night® Springfield was 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.

First Night® Springfield was opened 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 presented a  theatre organ concert in the Springfield High School auditorium.

5:00pm marked 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 began at 8:00 P.M. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.  The fireworks were designed by Nostalgia Pyrotechnics under the direction of Carl Steinmacher.

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

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

Schedule

FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD SUPPORTERS

SUPPORTERS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD

Douglas J. Kamholz
Springfield Poets and
Writers
Penny Wollan-Kreil

IN-KIND FRIENDS OF FIRST NIGHT® SPRINGFIELD

Abraham Lincoln Home
National Historic Site
Color World of Printing
Courtney Wick
(entertainment
scheduling)
Funshop
Henson-Robinson Zoo
Illinois State Museum
Illinois Times
Lincoln Memorial
Garden
Lindee Hall and Sue
Shaw (raffle and
silent auction)
Misty Hagstrom
(program layout)
Nostalgia Pyrotechnics/
Carl “Boom-Boom”
Steinmacher
Ronda Brinkman
(children’s activities
coordinator)
Springfield Dance
Springfield High School
Kim Leistner Root,
Springfield Moms

SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE DONORS
709 Liquors
Applebee’s
Antonio’s Pizza
Erica Beeman
Doug Bergeron
Café Moxo
David Cain
The Card*ologist
CDS/Color World of Printing
Teresa Chapman
Chesapeake Seafood House
Nancy Cook
D’Arcy’s Pint
Denney Jewelers
Grab-A-Java
Misty Hagstrom
Lindee Hall
Hoogland Center
for the Arts
Horse Creek Outfitters
International
Brotherhood Of
Magicians (Ring 239)
Knights Action Park
Laura Meddaugh
Murphy’s Loft
Olive Garden
Parkway Café
RP Lumber
R & R Bindery
Ron Seidl
Adena Rivas
Layna Rivas
Bobby and Sue Shaw
Skateland South
Springfield Area Arts Council
Springfield Sliders
Wm. Van’s
Xochimilco