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Alton Fireworks Spectacular
Watch one of the few places in the country where fireworks are shot over the Mississippi River in downtown Alton. The Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats are scheduled to perform before the fireworks show. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Red, White, and Brew
Spend July 3rd the right way in Alton! Old Bakery Beer Co. and Hansen Meat Co. are throwing a fireworks viewing party with live music entertainment from One Take Band starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call (618) 465-4400. Admission: $5 cover includes chair for the night, and access to concessions!
Andover Swedish Service at Jenny Lind Chapel
Join in a celebration of American pioneer faith held in the historic church "Jenny Lind Chapel". The church as constructed in the early 1850's and named for the celebrated Swedish singer, Jenny Lind. Join a celebration of American pioneer faith at Jenny Lind Chapel. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Starting at 4pm to 6pm.
Andover Christmas Walk
Andover and Andover Lake Park will glow with decorations. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Soup supper and Christmas goodies, refreshments & kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5pm to 7pm. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6pm to 8pm.
Joy of Christmas Service
This beautiful Christmas service is one you won’t want to miss. It begins in Andover’s Augustana Lutheran Church and concludes by walking to candlelit Jenny Lind Chapel for communion. The service features special choral and instrumental music by Augustana College students and faculty. Refreshments follow the service at Augustana Church. Service begins at 7:30pm.
Andover Christmas Julotta
For over 160 years this early morning (6:30 a.m.) service has been held at Augustana Lutheran Church. The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the Swedish congregation in 1870. The choir sings a Swedish anthem and the service is in English. Candles in the pews, altar and windows illuminate the sanctuary. Service begins at 6:30am.
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave: Aurora's Independence Day Celebration
The City of Aurora's Fourth of July Parade is a popular, not-to-miss parade for the whole family. This year's theme is "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave." Join the thousands of spectators lining the downtown parade route and display your patriotism and civic pride while watching the fabric of the community pass in front of you. The event will begin with a pre-parade ceremony at 9:15 a.m. outside the Paramount Theatre After the parade, enjoy free family activities and fireworks in two locations. Fireworks Celebration: the City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky with a rainbow of colors! Free park and ride shuttle service available 6-9 pm.
Aurora Historical Society's Independence Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! (11 am - 2 pm)
Batavia's 4th of July Sky Concert
The City of Batavia is proud to host one of the most celebrated 4th of July fireworks productions in the western suburbs of Chicago, which we proudly call the “Sky Concert.” It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season. Come join us from 6-9pm!
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Businesses will be open from 10-5pm. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies during the Chocolate Walk.
Mannheim Steamroller at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Performance begins at 8pm
Boo! at the Zoo
Halloween fun awaits families at Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration. The popular daytime event, presented by Fisher-Price, features a Costume Parade, Costume Showcase, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, not-so-scary games and activities, special animal Zoo Chats, and haunted hayrides. For more information, visit www.CZS.org or call (708) 688-8000.
Cambridge Aisle of Flags
Rosedale Cemetery is filled with flags honoring veterans and those who served our country.
Cambridge Christmas on the Square
70 plus crafters will be featured at the Cambridge Parent Club’s annual craft show. Visit beautifully decorated homes during the Tour of Homes, area churches will feature “specialty treats.” Stop at Cambridge Community Hall and enjoy a visit with Santa, Holiday Music, supper and view the Festival of Trees. End the day and partake in the Baptist Church Christmas Cantata. Hours: 3pm to 8pm.
John A. Logan College Autumn Fest
This annual event features over 100 original, handmade arts and crafts, great food, free admission, and free parking. For more information call 1-800-851-4720, extension 8287.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, horse and carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Late Night Andersonville
Andersonville makes it easy to save money and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the 14th annual Late Night Andersonville on Friday, December 2 from 6-10pm. For 4 hours only, over 40 beloved Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late and offering great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.
Red, Whites and Brews
Celebrate our country StarView style! We'll be cooking hamburgers & hotdogs throughout the day, enjoy live music on the stage by local favorites King Juba from 4-7 and beer specials all day. A beautiful fireworks show at the end of the night will finish off the day.
Independence Day 5K Run/Walk
Wear your red, white and blue and show your patriotic spirit at The Independence Day 5K Run! The run will be held on a USATF certified course with chip timing. Walkers are also allowed and welcomed! This is a family friendly event, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. Race meeting point is the Hopkins Park Shelter - on site registration will be cash only, early registration is encouraged.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
Ol’ Fashion Christmas
Start the day off at 9am with having breakfast with Santa, make-it and take-it ornaments for kids, edible Christmas ornaments for wildlife, train and carriage rides, candy cane hunt, viewing mini Christmas trees, and a chocolate fair. Parade features floats, marching bands, and Santa. Dusk falls and tens of thousands of lights light up the decorations at Veteran’s Park downtown Galva. Enjoy the Galva Arts Council entertainment in the evening.
Geneseo Aisle of Flags
City Park sidewalks are lined with more than 600 flags to honor veterans and those who served our country. Organized & Sponsored by the Aisle of Flags committee.
Geneseo Christmas Walk
Geneseo’s spirit sparkles downtown with Christmas magic in the air. Each storefront window has family, friends and even animals depicting various scenes. Enjoy chestnuts roasting. Make memories for young and old. Join the Jingle Bell Run and other family activities during the afternoon and enjoy the lighted Christmas parade at 5PM. Watch for Santa. Hours: 8am to 9pm.
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration.
Godfrey Family Fun Fest with Fireworks
Come and let your colors burst with an evening full of fun and fireworks! Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through to the fireworks display around 9 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, climbing wall, zip line, cow train, games, concessions and much more to celebrate Independence Day. Free and open to the public. The 2016 Great Godfrey Maze theme will be revealed to the public at this event. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Fireworks in Grafton, Illinois
Come out early for entertainment and food specials at local restaurants. As the sun goes down, fireworks will light up the nights sky! For more information, call (618) 786-7000.
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest
It's Thrills by Day, Chills by Night at Fright Fest Presented by Snickers®. Six Flags Great America will be totally transformed into a Halloween playground, Fridays - Sundays. Have a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted houses. Plus, experience all the rides in the dark. There will also be a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.
33rd Annual Pilot Club Holiday Home Walk & Tea Tour
Join us for glittering lights and trees and enchanting displays. Tour the beautifully (holiday) decorated homes. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at County Market, Family Gardens or from any Pilot Club member. Tea is being served at Knollwood Retirement Village.
Gallery of Trees
Throughout the Kankakee County Museum, Christmas trees are decorated by community organizations. Yearly, a special theme is added for your enjoyment. Come in and view the different arrangements and vote for that special tree.
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
Kewanee Lighted Parade and Windmont Park Lighting
View Kewanee’s magical wonderland of vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season. Open daily 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. through New Years Day.
19th Century Christmas at Deere-Wiman House & Butterworth Center
Don't miss these two beautifully decorated Deere family mansions during the holiday season. The 19th Century Christmas features the interiors of the homes decorated for the holidays; along with living-history volunteers, Choir performances, Santa Claus, music, and make-and-take activities for the children. These homes once belonged to the John Deere family and are now operated by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust. Open noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Lighting on John Deere Commons
Come and experience the sights and sounds of the holiday during the Lighting of John Deere Commons in downtown Moline. Meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, take a carriage ride and watch the fireworks during this holiday celebration centered around the famous John Deere Pavilion.
Celebrate the Great Lakes Naval Station's 104th Birthday
Come and celebrate the Naval Station's 104th Birthday in a big way! Enjoy two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest celebrations in the region! Each day the celebration will include three stages of exciting live music and family entertainment, a bingo tent with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, a craft fair with handmade items, the Gridiron. Experience with interactive football activities including a "Kicks for Cash" competition, the Kid's Zone with plenty to do for children of all ages, roving entertainment/costumed characters, thrilling carnival rides and games, a 5K Twilight Run, delicious festival food and beverage booths all available from local area vendors, and lots and lots more! Then enjoy the amazing firework displays that will take place this year on both July 3rd and 4th! Free admission. Thursday hours 3pm-11:30pm and Friday hours 12pm-10pm.
Mighty Richland Players Annual Christmas Show
The annual show includes favorite holiday tunes, and skits and merriment. Located in the historic Masonic Hall, the audience will not only get to see a great show, but also have a wonderful dessert during intermission. $20.Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm.
Oswego Christmas Walk
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
Red, White & BOOM!
The largest fireworks display hits Central Illinois for its 30th anniversary in 2016! Set to music, over the Illinois River, the cities of East Peoria and Peoria throw an amazing riverfront party...
Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
Sandwich Independence Day Weekend Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the historic Sandwich Fairgrounds. Festivities begin at 10 am Saturday, July 2 with the Sandwich Park District’s Independence Day Parade, BBQ follows at the Fire Station and water fight competitions are scheduled for the afternoon. The fun continues with the Freedom Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday morning, July 3 beginning at 8 am. Participants may register early or the day of the race. Lineup will take place at Knights Park. The weekend will end with a fabulous fireworks display at the Sandwich Fairgrounds on Sunday with gates opening at 6 pm. Fireworks will be set off at approximately 9:20 pm. A donation of $5.00 per car is suggested. For more information, contact the Sandwich Park District.
Shelbyville Festival of Lights
Come to Shelbyville and take a drive through Forest Park as it is lit up for the Holiday season. These lights are put in place each year by volunteers and new lights and themed areas are also added. Candy Cane lane is to honor loved ones. The Historical Chautauqua Building becomes a huge carousel. Come enjoy the Victorian Village, Santa's Shop, the North Pole, Bethlehem, and others.
Capital City Celebration
Includes a beauty pageant for children ages 0 to 10 years, giant inflatable obstacle courses and a 25-foot tall inflatable rock wall will be available for families free of charge on Sunday, July 3rd from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. Bags Tournament on Saturday afternoon and a CrossFit competition. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Hipbone Sam and FUN DMC on Saturday, July 2nd, and New City Road and the Shenanigans on Sunday, July 3rd. Before the fireworks, the Springfield Municipal Band will set the tone by performing patriotic music on Sunday, July 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin at dusk on Sunday, July 3rd.
Christmastime at Fine Line
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery. jewelry. textiles, ornaments. more. Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri.Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday.
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Kenny G at The Genesee
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. He will be performing many of his career hits and as well as songs of the holiday. Tickets range from $49.50-$89.50.
Yorkville's 4th of July Celebration
The Yorkville Independence Day Parade steps off on Game Farm Road and proceeds to Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street and ends at the water tower. Town Square activities begin immediately after the parade and will include children's foot races, rides, water fights, food vendors and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Fireworks begin at dusk near the corner of Rt. 47 and Countryside Pkwy. The Yorkville Big Band is scheduled to perform at 8 pm at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home. All 4th of July activities are free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase.