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Haunted Decatur Ghost Tour
Travel throughout the city of Decatur in search of history, hauntings, crime scenes, scandals and spirits! Join us for a journey back into the history of one of America's most haunted towns and discover not only our favorite haunted places, but new locations of crime, infamy and spirits that have never been featured on the tours before. Re-invented in 2009, experience Haunted Decatur in a way that you've never done before! Popular with ghost buffs and history enthusiasts alike and includes new and favorite haunted locations! Lasts approximately 3 hours. $30 per person.
State Farm Holiday Classic
Witness America's largest co-ed high school basketball tournament at four venues across Bloomington-Normal: Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Normal Community High School and Normal West High School.
Christmas at Clover Lawn
The David Davis Mansion's annual holiday celebration, Christmas at Clover Lawn, runs from November 28 through December 29th. Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tours are free, but donations are welcome. Create holiday memories with your family by visiting the David Davis Mansion, all decked out for the holidays. Antique dolls and toys, spectacular evergreens, more than 15 decorated trees, and hundreds of 19th-century paper and glass ornaments turn the house and grounds into a Yuletide wonderland.
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Christmas at the Mansions is a community-wide tour of the David Davis Mansion and two Mystery Houses in Bloomington-Normal. You'll see these gorgeous homes decorated in period Christmas finery. Take in the architecture, history, postcard scenes of decorated evergreen trees and Christmas wreaths, poinsettia plants, and even hosts dressed in period costumes, as you walk back in time to the late 1800's and early 1900's. Music and other surprises will complement your tour! Three hour tours are scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central parking and shuttle service is available at the David Davis Mansion or Second Presbyterian Church (313 N. East Street, Bloomington, Illinois).
Top of the Class Antique Show
Please join us for the return of one of Central Illinois' most hospitable and quality antiques show, with space for 45 quality exhibitors. Hours are as follows: Friday from 5-8pm; Saturday from 10am-5pm; and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Hosted by the Illinois State University School of Communication.
Noon Year's Eve
Can’t stay up until Midnight to ring in the New Year? Join the Children’s Discovery Museum and celebrate with activities from 9:30 am to 2:45 pm with a confetti countdown at Noon! This celebration will feature lots of activities and games for children of all ages. Noisemakers, party hats and games will make this day truly memorable. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Enjoy the charm and ambiance of seeing the C.H. Moore Homestead, an 1870 Victorian Mansion, beautifully decorated for a Victorian Christmas as you tour by candlelight. Live entertainment in the parlor. Tours available Friday evenings starting the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 20th.
Breakfast with Santa & the Reindeer
Miller Park Zoo's annual holiday breakfast will feature not only Santa Claus, but also Santa's special reindeer friends! Your family can learn about reindeer, visit with Santa & pose for pictures, and enjoy breakfast.
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this celebration of all types of jazz is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to great jazz musicians with their friends. Book early as the festival fills up fast! The three day, multiple venue festival features world class musicians under one roof. Includes lots of events such as New Orleans style Umbrella Parade, Pianorama, Banjorama, Late Night Jam Session, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bands plus special guest performers from East and West Coast and points in between play your favorite music style - Chicago, New Orleans, Swing, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Piano.