The Champaign Center Partnership is pleased to partner with Busey Bank and the Champaign Park District to bring back Center City Trolley Rides and introduce Find Kris Kringle! – a family scavenger hunt to local businesses this Shop Local season!

Catch the Champaign Park District trolley Saturday December 2 and 9 from 4-6 p.m. to enjoy a ride through Champaign’s Downtown, Midtown and Campustown districts showcasing locally-owned CCP member businesses along the route. Rides are $4 a person and kids 2 and under ride for free as a lap child. Each rider receives hot chocolate and cookies and will enjoy caroling on the trolley from the Champaign Urbana Theater Company Dickensian Carolers.

Trolley pick up and hot chocolate warming station will be at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church Great Hall, 208 W. University Avenue, with entry off the north parking lot side on Park Avenue. Registration and payment for trolley rides must be done online at Riders must register and pay prior to showing up to the rides; no payment will be accepted at the event. Riders must also bring confirmation of registration and payment with them to board the trolley.

The Center City Trolley rides are presented by Busey Bank and each child will receive some fun goodies from Busey when they check in. Trolley rides are coordinated by the Champaign Center Partnership and hosted by Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church. Free parking is available in the Hill Street Parking Deck on Hill and Randolph on Saturday, or at metered spots by West Side Park.

New This Year: Find Kris Kringle! – a family scavenger hunt through Champaign Center begins on December 1 and runs through December 20 at participating CCP member business locations. Clue sheets are available online at or pick one up at the Jane Addams Book Shop downtown. Take your family on a hunt to find Santa in the decorated window displays of 13 small businesses in Downtown, Midtown and Campustown. Spot Santa and get an emoji sticker to place on your clue sheet. The emojis form the titles of popular holiday songs! Guess the song and write your answer on the sheet. Spot Santa at all locations and turn in your completed sheet to receive a candy cane and be entered for a chance to win a holiday basket full of gifts from local businesses! Completed cards may be dropped off at the Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown or at Ragstock in Campustown. Don’t miss the festive window at Furniture Lounge on University Avenue, voted “Best Window Display” at the 17th Annual Parade of Lights!


For questions about these Shop Local Saturdays activities, please contact the Champaign Center Partnership at 217-352-2400.