The Springboro Christmas Festival was established in 1987, organized by a committee of five business owners from the Springboro Historic District. Our purpose then was much the same as it is today: to present a Christmas shopping experience and to show off our historic center of town, all decked out for the holidays. Through the years, the festival has gone through several name changes and the management of several sponsoring organizations. Now, in its 30th year, the Festival is once more under the leadership of an independent committee, which intends, as always, to present a family-oriented, traditional Christmas Festival, for the enjoyment of residents of Springboro and the surrounding area.
The Springboro Christmas Festival still features shopping opportunities, with heated tents full of craftsmen and vendors selling unusual gift items, as well as the gift inventory to be found in all the local shops. We still have a parade, with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, at noon on Saturday, and there is plenty of good festival food all along the street. We still have music and special activities in the Entertainment Tent and strolling musicians and entertainers on the street. Horse-drawn wagons still transport festival-goers from one end of the street to the other. With very few exceptions, all of this entertainment is free.
Over the years, the Festival has grown, now extending the full 7-block length of South Main Street, from Central to Mill. With the street closed for the weekend, it is now possible to have children’s rides and a tent for their own activities. For many years, the choruses from the Springboro schools have entertained on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. We hope this will become one more Festival tradition