'Tis the Season in Belleville

'Tis the Season in Belleville

Posted on 12/18/2019 by Lexi Bateman

One Day Holiday Tour of Belleville, IL

The historic city of Belleville is full holiday cheer this time of year! We're here to help you find your fill of holiday lights, fun celebrations and magical sites on your upcoming trip to Belleville.

Make your Christmas season one to remember with this single-day Holiday tour of Belleville. Check out our itinerary below:


Start your day at Belleville's Christkindlmarkt, an outdoor German Christmas market that runs from Thanksgiving through December 23. The market features free treats for groups; free Trolley rides on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays along Main Street and festive shopping with goods from around the world! Allow approximately 2 hours for your stroll through Christkindlmarkt and the Gingerbread Walk along Main Street.

Historic City Tour

What better way to spend the holidays than to browse Belleville's old historic homes? This half-hour walking tour will teach you a little about Belleville's history while allowing you to take in the festive sites of the city's decorated neighborhoods and streets.

Tour of St. Peter's Cathedral

Belleville is home to Illinois' largest cathedral. St. Peter's Cathedral, modeled after the Cathedral of Exeter in England, is a must-see on any tour of Belleville. But, you won't want to miss seeing it decorated for the holiday season! Allow approximately 45 minutes for your tour of St. Peter's Cathedral.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows' Way of Lights Celebration

End your holiday tour of Belleville at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, the nation's largest outdoor shrine! Each year, the Shrine decorates its 200-acre expanse of landscaping and devotional areas with lights that tell the story of Mary and Joseph's journey and the birth of Jesus. Along the way, you'll also find stops for hot cocoa and a petting zoo.

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