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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.
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.
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.
One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Festival of Lights, returns with dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. This signature winter event is a drive-through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays, many of which are animated, and are illuminated by tens of thousands of bulbs. Staged at Aurora's gem, Phillips Park, the festival will be open from 5 - 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
Pumpkin Weekends bring the spectacular fall season to life with autumn festivities amid the spectacular fall colors. Enjoy seasonal craft-making, harvest decor and pumpkin stories galore! Kids can roll around in the giant corn crib and enjoy unlimited rides on the train, ponies, hay wagon and carousel. Experience a pumpkin paddle, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. It’s all the best of autumn in one place! Weekends in October and Columbus Day (Oct. 10), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Kick-off the holiday season with this family-oriented event filled with merry-making moments and a sleigh full of free fun for the entire family! The twinkling lit streets will be filled with live music, costumed characters, festive photo-ops, live reindeer and much more! The Holiday Parade ushering in the jolly old elf himself (Santa) and Mrs. Claus steps off at 6:30 pm. The City of Aurora Holiday Tree will then be illuminated by Mayor Weisner, Miss Merry Christmas and Mr. Jack Frost. The parade and tree lighting are followed by a grand fireworks display along the banks of the Fox River. Holiday Pop-up Shops featuring music, art, gifts and good things to eat can be enjoyed at Water Street Mall (behind City Hall) 5 - 9 pm. After the fireworks, follow Santa and Mrs. Claus to Riverfront Playhouse where Santa will be on stage listening to Christmas wishes. As a bonus, Mrs. Claus will have special treats for those who have been good all year. Come and make Winter Lights a memory-filled family tradition!
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze! This old-fashioned farm boasts a variety of activities and events for all ages. Who is ready for the Human Hamster Ball Experience? New attractions abound at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze this year! Just a few of the fun activities included with the price of admission are tractor hay rides and log balancing beams, a pirate ship imagination adventure and two 200’ foot long zip lines, the all ages jumping pillow and adult pedal go-karts and Kane County’s largest corn maze! New for 2016 (additional cost): Strap yourself into the air-filled Human Hamster Ball experience, take aim with the corn cannon challenge, run a lap on the new bouncing cow train ride and grab a craft beer and or pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Lastly, be sure to visit our new Pine Tree Café & country store & bakery for a dozen of our famous Apple Cider donuts on your way out!
All aboard! Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train. You’ll see Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa! And don’t miss the famous Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village! It all happens on 8 magical days in December. Admission is just $5 per person. Tasty concessions with seasonal favorites and drinks (non-alcoholic) available for purchase. Fridays: 5 - 8 pm. Saturdays: 2 - 6 pm. Sundays: 2 - 6 pm. Pre-purchase tickets online and avoid lines at the ticket window.
Chicago Premium Outlets is the largest outlet center in the Chicago market and ninth largest outdoor outlet mall in North America. With more than 140 designer and top brand-name outlets, the newly-expanded Chicago Premium Outlets® is being pegged by many as the market’s must-shop destination this holiday season. Holiday shoppers at Chicago Premium Outlets will find seasonal delights at every turn, from the showpiece ice skating pond and Dickens-inspired carolers, to cozy warming lounges serving complimentary hot cocoa on select days and look for Santa to be strolling the promenades handing out goodies to children. Weekend Shopper Shuttle service from Union Station to Chicago Premium Outlets available. (Check their web site for more details.)
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm on the second Sunday of December. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramount production that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. This is the kind of production that has the Paramount creative team chomping at the bit. Bringing the underwater surroundings to life, creating the costumes that transform humans into creatures, developing a system that will allow mermaids to swim and arranging a score for the Paramount orchestra that will give audiences chills are exactly the challenges they thrive on. No matter your age, no matter your experience with the story, no matter if you believe in mermaids or not, when that curtain goes up, you will want to be in your seats to experience this production.
Plan a fun family night at this spook-tacular event. The evening’s ghoulish activities include wacky games, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! One adult free with every child. Brave participants can buy a $1 ticket for the Haunted House. Space is limited. Please register by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.
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!
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.
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
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
31st Annual Bradley Christmas Fantasy Parade starts at 6:30pm and includes a festive Winter Wonderland that features vendors, carolers, storytellers, games and visits with Santa.
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.
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.
Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families in this 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.
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.
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.
The Fall Festival has so much to offer including a huge parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, food and a car show.
The Christkindlmarket is a four-week, open-air market modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. The market offers shopping opportunities and serves as a winter wonderland meeting place for family and friends. Plus, enjoy German delicacies like brats, goulash and potato pancakes while you’re there.
As is tradition, the museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda decked out in 30,000 lights. It takes on a different theme each year so expect giant gears to be part of the decor to match the special MSI exhibit, Robot Revolution. Surrounding it will be more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. The occasional falling of "snow" adds to the fun. . New this year, and in conjunction with MSI’s Brick by Brick exhibit, guests can create their own holiday trinket to remember their visit—a LEGO® ornament.
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season with a full day of family friendly activities, concerts by top musical artists and the best holiday shopping. The day’s excitement culminates with a grand evening parade down Michigan Avenue illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
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.
Are you a procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? Are you at your most productive when the stress of a quickly approaching holiday is giving you a little extra motivation? Then join us for our second night of Late Night Andersonville, just a little “late-er” than usual. On Friday, December 16 from 6-10pm, take advantage of 4 more hours of the same discounts from Late Night Andersonville, plus once again enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, and pictures with Santa.
During the yearly Julmarknad festival, the Swedish American Museum features a handicrafts fair with traditional Swedish food and entertainment. In addition, select Andersonville businesses join the fun with free music, refreshments and more. For a complete schedule of Julmarknad events at the Swedish American Museum, visit www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org.
Celebrating our 20th birthday this year, our Halloween Parade is known throughout the nation for its outlandish costumes, creative programming, and entertaining parade. With over 2,000 entries into our annual Costume Contest, be sure to join the crowd and see Chicago’s most amazing display of costumes. Your 2016 Northalsted Halloween Parade comes to Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on Monday, October 31st – Halloween Night!
Spooktacular is Clark Street in Lincoln Park's annual Halloween extravaganza! Participating businesses from Armitage to Diversey, and on the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, open their doors to trick-or-treaters from 1:00 - 4:00pm on Sunday. October 30th! There will be plenty of spooks and sweets for your whole family!
Scarecrows on Parade showcases the creative and artistic sides of our Clark Street business owners! Merchants display a scarecrow in their window that they have designed and created, and customers, pedestrians, and event attendees pick the winners! Scarecrows will be on display on Clark Street from October 8th through October 31st.
The Beth Fowler Dance Company will present its Annual production of "The Nutcracker". Many area families have made this magical production a part of their holiday tradition every year. With the beautiful dancing, costumes and stage sets, this favorite holiday classic will tell a story that will make everyone feel like a child at Christmas.
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. Every November, the Ellwood Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-30, (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving) our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. See our VISIT page for hours and information. At the end of our touring season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend December 2nd - 4th, 2016. Visitors may purchase tickets in the Visitor Center (or online) and present their tickets at the front door of the mansion. Upon entering the decorated mansion, volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Start your holiday shopping season off in Downtown DeKalb where stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! Shops feature chalk paints, unique finds, antiques and more.
On Thursday, November 17, the public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for the new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center, 509 North First Street in DeKalb. From Christmas trees to Santa Claus, Christmas as we know it is a result of the Victorian era. Just in time for the opening of the decorated Ellwood Mansion, this lecture will explore how our Christmas traditions became popular.
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.
One of Peoria’s biggest holiday traditions returns for the 32nd year - the East Peoria Festival of Lights! Enjoy your favorite light displays; from the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Starship Enterprise, this drive-through event is a holiday season must do!
Direct from Branson, the Ozark Jubilee presents the Branson Classic Country Christmas with an all star cast of Branson’s top entertainers including funniest comedian and world class fiddler Doofus Doolittle! This dynamic show salutes the music of the great legends of country music and variety of Christmas music, from traditional standards you’ll remember to some more contemporary Christmas selections. The show features the true meaning of Christmas with music, comedy and message to provide an evening of entertainment that will touch your heart.
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Slip helplessly under the spell of this one-of-a-kind show as the Retro-Spect Band featuring the number one Lionel Richie tribute singer in America, David Graham, takes you right back to where you were when you first heard and felt the mega-hits of one of the greatest music writers of all time: Lionel Richie! From it’s energetic beginning, to pulse-pounding ballads, to making you dance “On the Ceiling,” and of course, the majestic “All Night Long”; The Lionel Richie Experience keeps you jumping, pumping and swooning as music and memories fill every corner of the night.
Enjoy two heart-warming stories based on true events on each date. The stories are "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Bells of Charlemont." See these local performance artists live on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show. From the moment the curtain opens, you will find yourself singing right along with the BSC on such classics as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and many more.
For the first time this holiday season, Santa’s Magical Trolley Express will have trolley rides through downtown Evanston, and then travel back to Santa’s North Pole workshop at Little Beans Café. The odyssey begins when the little ones board the trolley. They will be greeted by Mrs. Claus and the conductor, professional performers who know how to entertain kids, and build excitement as they journey north on their polar trek. Upon arrival at Santa’s North Pole abode—Little Beans Café—they will visit with old St. Nick, get a picture and let Santa know what they hope to find under the tree. Next comes cookies and cocoa with Mrs. Claus, some exciting Yuletide games with the elves and a special surprise.
Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products like goats milk soaps, lotions, handmade jewelry to Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs and mugs and so much more. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
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’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.
Downtown Glen Ellyn is the place to shop and dine this holiday season. This event offers something for everyone: shopping, fellowship and new boutiques to explore! Grab your friends! Hundreds of women have joined us each year to get a head start on their holiday shopping and to just enjoy Downtown Glen Ellyn. This year will even be better than ever! More than 20 stores are throwing a party just for you! The night is full of music, cocktails, appetizers and special deals. Event runs from 5 P.M. until 9 P.M.
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.
From the infinite treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage comes Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - a recreation of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the west of Ireland in the 1940s. Neighbors gather around the fireside for a night of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling from native Irish storyteller, Tomáseen Foley. There is magic in the air when the neighbors knock sparks off the flagstone floors with their dancing and the rafters sing with fiery traditional music. A wholesome Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Contact the Box Office for complete details on the tickets.
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. The park will also be open an extra bonus weekend of November 5th and 6th.
A Peoria area tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience. See website for dates and times.
Don't miss one of McHenry County's biggest celebrations, now in its 34th year. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Parkside Pub in Huntley comes alive with revelers celebrating this nutty occasion. Featuring bands, beer and lots of turkey testicles, thousands of visitors from around the region kick off the holiday season under a huge heated tent just 3 miles north of I-90. Shuttle service is available from many locations around the area. And hotel rooms are available, if needed. This is a 21 and older event -- valid ID required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. When the Nutcracker comes to life, it’s a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. A special one-hour presentation for kids of all ages, featuring Tchaikovsky's beautiful dance music.
The event is family friendly and involves a haunted 45 minute walk through the historic downtown. At about a half a dozen locations you'll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove's past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they're lavishly embellished. Required donation of $5/adult and $3/child. Reservations are required and space is limited.
The 3rd Annual Rockford, IL Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular is a show you won’t want to miss. It will be a great place to start your holiday gift shopping or to just find that perfect item you need to have! Talented crafters will fill over 25,000 sq ft showcasing a variety of hand made items.
Who you gonna call? The Douglas-Hart Nature Center for our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Once again the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will transform the trails into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5-9p.m. Last year our participants walked with zombies but this year we will be Ghostbusting! We’ve doubled the size of our festival….hikes leave every five minutes. Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many ghostly creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m.
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.
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.
Dare to enter the crazy asylum that was once Barefoot Bay. Be prepared for a terrifying experience as you are haunted by the tormented souls and mad demons that inhabit the Bay in October. This activity is not recommended for children. Ages 14+ only. Fridays and Saturdays only.
Uptown Normal’s kick off to the Holiday season will be Saturday, November 12th from 11am-3pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be strolling the streets of Uptown spreading holiday cheer. Hileman Carriage will be on hand providing free carriage rides as well. Come enjoy come holiday fun while shopping and seeing what the Uptown shops have to offer that extra special someone this holiday season!
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view! Features include: Santa visit, crafts, games, hot cocoa and cookies in the fieldhouse free for those who have paid the per car entrance fee. Don’t forget your camera! All proceeds will be directed to Mooseheart’s operation budget and provide for the high quality residential care and academic/vocational training that their children need.
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.
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.
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 20,000+ Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for small fee. Hunt starts at Noon, Pictures with the Easter Bunny and kids crafts starts at 11am, Face Painting, Games, Cake Hop, Bake Sale all start following the Egg Hunt games cost $1 a game.
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.
Tucked among the charming small towns, lush scenery and hassle-free motoring in Northern Illinois is the Trail of Terror, a self-guided tour of the area's finest haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, wineries, festivals and other spook-tacular seasonal sensations. The fun begins in September and continues through all of October across Carroll, DeKalb, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson & Whiteside counties. For all the details & more information on all of the cool creepiness, visit www.illinoistrailofterror.com
The annual Holiday Festival of Lights has become a Stateline family tradition, with over 50 holiday-themed lighted displays. Santa will be spending time each weekend night (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) by the donation box from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, so you can hand deliver your letters to him through Monday, December 19, 2016. When Santa is not present at this location you may still drop your letter in the North Pole Express mailbox, which will be located by the Festival of Lights donation box. Don't forget a return address so Santa can reply! Admission is free; donations are accepted.
"Merry and Bright: A Downtown Holiday" returns with Stroll on State, a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and delicious food to eat at this fourth annual event to celebrate the holiday season downtown.
Watch as intricate rod puppets perform A Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring a collection of haunting classics from musicals. Reservations are required.
If you have been looking for the craziest, most intense, extreme Halloween experience, you have found it. The Realm of Terror is the Highest-Ever rated Haunted House in Illinois, having been named #1 Haunted House by HauntedIllinois.com and HauntedHouseChicago.com, and has been featured in HuffingtonPost, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald, Chicago Sun Times, WGN News & Radio and more. Needless to say: Leave the Kids at home for this one. Open Sept. 30, Oct 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-31.
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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.
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery. jewelry. textiles, ornaments. more. Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri.Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday.
200 indoor booths of quality hand-crafted items by exhibitors from 7 states. Holiday decor, oil paintings, water colors, yard art, metal work, mosaic art, purses, home decor. A quality show.
The downtown Sycamore shops are once again gearing up for this year’s shopping marathon. Stores will be open late for Moonlight Madness on Friday, November 18. The Moonlight Madness sales will display the best deals of the season! Stroll and shop in our historic downtown and experience one of a kind magical holiday shopping. Watch storefront windows “come alive” as local arts, theater and dance groups perform from 6 to 8pm. Arts and entertainment groups from all over the county will be participating.
Make it a country Christmas this year and enjoy spirited renditions of cherished holiday classics with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang. Sing along or just sit back and listen to hot picking and heartfelt singing from Christmas standards and seasonal music with a country flair. If you see just one holiday show this year, make it Tinsel & Twang.
Join in the fun of Christmas songs made famous across the decades. Michael Bruccoleri will make you smile with the likes of Elvis, Dean, as well as Sinatra. Mary Pfeifer brings you Karen Carpentar, Brenda Lee, a little Eartha Kitt and many more. Covering all of your Christmas favorites, their voices blend in beautiful harmonies as they sing pop, rock and soul.
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.
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For 28 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
Known as one of the best live performers of our time, Chris Isaak never skimps on spectacle, energy, and flare. Now see him live as he brings his rock show full of your favorite hits sprinkled with songs of the Holiday season, including Wicked Games, Blue Christmas, Somebody’s Crying, Baby Did a Bad Thing, and Hey Santa. For Chris Isaak, first comes the song. Tickets are $35.00-$95.00.
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.
Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era of music. Ronnie Spector, formerly of the Ronettes, is the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960's. Now see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee for a one night performance of her Best Christmas Party Ever. Here songs like Be My Baby, Sleigh Ride, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Walking in the Rain and many more. Tickets $28-$49.
Starting out as a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute to raise money for a local food pantry, Wizards of Winter have become a musical force of its own design. Simultaneously recalling a heyday of classical tinged rock that is park and parcel of older listeners' mythology and amping it up in an aggressive way that appeals to young rock fans. This is one show the whole family will enjoy together.
Internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter, LeAnn Rimes has been topping the national charts since the age of 13. See her at the Genesee for one night only where she will be performing your favorite originals and holiday hits. Enjoy songs of the season and her own songs like How Do I Live, Blue, Today Is Christmas and Holly Jolly Christmas. Tickets $38-$58.
Kids enjoy Halloween Fun at the historic Lyon Farm the last two Sundays in October. They can Trick-or-Treat in the historic Lyon Farm Village, participate in a costume parade around the square, earn prizes awarded for best costume, play old-fashioned games, take hay rides, and get spooked in the Haunted house! At the 39 acre Lyon Farm, you can enjoy historic buildings such as the Oswego-Fox House, Union School one-room schoolhouse, the Seward Town Hall, Corrigan’s General Store, the 1850 Plano CB&Q railroad depot, a CB&Q caboose, a blacksmith shop and several large buildings containing displays of household, farming and commercial artifacts and archival records.
The Legendary Dungeon of Doom Haunted House now located at the old Briquette Factory in Zion, Illinois, is not for the faint of heart. The Dungeon of Doom has earned its legendary reputation as the most bone-chilling, best haunted house in Chicago. This house has an underground feel, and is filled with a cold chill one paralleled to what some equate to Paranormal. Dates open are September 24 & 30, October 1, 7--9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-31 & November 4-5.