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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Kick off the holiday season and create your special memories on The Magnificent Mile in 2013! The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration, jump starts the holiday season on Saturday, November 23 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 marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, illuminating one million lights on 200 trees. The parade concludes with a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River.
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.
Night of the Luminaria
Be a part of one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. The streets, steps and sidewalks of Galena come alive with nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries at dusk. Take a special luminaria trolley ride, be a part of a pub crawl, or just stroll through the streets for this enchanted view.
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.
CITY: East Peoria
Lincoln Park ZooLights
Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by the laughter of children and more than one million lights at Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Charter One. This holiday classic has become one of the Windy City’s must-see seasonal events. Watch live ice carving then escape Jack Frost with an exotic trip past crocodiles, pygmy hippos and meerkats at the Regenstein African Journey. Animal exhibits stay open late as guests roam taking in the lights, music and taking photos with Santa. Prepare holiday crafts and enjoy the zoo’s incredible animals immersed in an atmosphere unlike any other.
Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light
Christmas Around the World began in 1942 as a United Nations Day salute to American allies during the war, is now in its 69th year. The exhibit features more than 60 dazzling trees and displays that are decorated by members of Chicago's ethnic communities to reflect holiday customs from around the world. Holidays of Light showcases various global holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Festivities include ethnic dancing and singing, storytellers, and school choir performances.
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
Way of Lights
This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive through light display, tree and wreath displays, an interactive children's village, camel rides and an indoor laser show. With over one million lights, this event celebrates Christmas in all it's glory.
Enjoy the lights of the season in beautiful Peterson Park with more than 50 magnificent light displays, many of which are animated. Definitely a site to see! Drive through at your leisure starting at 5pm. Over 15,000 visitors each year see this great display of holiday lights. Admission is free, donations accepted.
Weihnachten (Christmas) at the Vineyard!
Take some time this winter to visit White Oak Vineyards, Inc. for Weihnachten (Christmas) at the Vineyard event! The vineyard currently features Seyval Blanc, Frontenac, Foch, Traminette, Cayuga White, Steuben, Chardonel, St. Croix, Marquette and Johannisberg Riesling grapes on eight acres. A log home on the property has been remodeled into the winery and tasting room with a comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for gatherings with family and friends. The wrap around porch offers lovely views of the vineyards, new pond and surrounding countryside.
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.
Geneva's Christmas Walk & House Tour
On Friday evening, Santa Lucia arrives by horse-drawn carriage and Santa arrives to open his Gingerbread House. Enjoy carolers, the Great Tree lighting, roasted chestnuts, Swedish cookies, and old-fashioned candy cane pull, and holiday shopping. On Friday & Saturday, five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays by local decorators open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours.
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
December 18th & 19th December 26th - 31st January 1st 4-9pm Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest light festival featuring over 120 animated light displays and million twinkling lights. Come celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Brookfield Zoos 29th annual Holiday Magic. Enjoy live entertainment, amazing animals, model trains and a train ride, special Dolphin Show, Sing to the Animals and professional ice carvers. Call or visit website for more info.
Ellwood Elegance Tours
Start your holiday season by taking a guided tour of the decorated Ellwood House mansion. Local businesses, decorators, college groups, and clubs help to present the home in a new, elegant way each year. This is the place to get ideas for your own decorating or view what times were like while the Ellwood's inhabited the opulent home. Special holiday tours begin on Saturday, November 16 and continue through December 5. Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving weekend. Please book your holiday tour in advance by calling (815)756-4609. On December 6th – 8th the Ellwood House Museum presents the 3-day Holiday Open House. Tour guides will be stationed in twelve locations throughout the festive four floors of the mansion to share information about the architecture and the Ellwood family. Holiday Open House Hours: Friday, December 6, 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 1 – 5 p.m. ?Tickets $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.??
Wonderland in Lights 2013
Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau turn Community Park into a winter wonderland! Wonderland in Lights, a drive-thru light display, features a variety of lighted holiday scenes including reindeer flying, Santa coming down the chimney, and a Nativity scene. We continue to add new lighting displays each year to grow the display. Santa visits the Wonderland in Lights every Saturday to bring special presents to the children. Come drive through the light display and stick around to talk to Santa and listen to your favorite Christmas carols! The Wonderland in Lights is free, but donations are welcome. Community Park is on East Temple Ave, Effingham, IL. For more information, please call 217-342-5310 or visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Annual Lights Fantastic Activities & Parade
Take pictures with Santa’s reindeer in Carbondale's Town Square, stop by the Polar Express Station (the Old Train Depot) for candy cane treats, and enjoy the Holiday Cookie Walk, where downtown businesses offer cookies and refreshments. The Lights Fantastic Parade kicks off at 6pm.
Begin your holiday celebration escaping from the chaos of the season and experiencing the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland. Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 2 million lights, cascading waterfalls of lights, lighted trees and displays, and visit Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Christmas Wonderland 2009 will be open from November 27th through December 27th. The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. Carriage rides will be available with advanced reservations by calling Greatting Horse Farm at 618-458-6986. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call 1-866-465-7890.
Grafton Holiday Riverwalk
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Grafton. Stop in the various businesses along Main Street and near the riverfront for special promotions, discounts, refreshments and entertainment. The Jerseyville High School choir will be caroling throughout the town. Visitors will also be able to tour the various B&Bs and guest houses in town, a perfect opportunity to check out the accommodations and purchase a gift certificate as a gift. The festivities will conclude with a Show Choir performance at the Grove Memorial Park Gazebo as we light up the town!
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.
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Start a new family tradition at Chicagoland's largest holiday lights festival featuring over one million twinkling lights, animated light displays and a laser light show!Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, including our newest, Great Bear Wilderness. Plus, there is a special dolphin show each evening at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and entertainment in the Pavilions. Outside enjoy nightly ice carving and an amazing magic show. Then step inside the Holly Jolly Theater and enjoy performances by local choirs and many more holiday themed performances. 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m Regular parking and admission fees apply. Saturdays & Sundays: Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21- 22 Thursday through Tuesday: Dec. 26-31
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.
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).
Christmas at the Courthouse
Visit the McLean County Museum of History's annual holiday event! The Christmas at the Courthouse celebration includes musical performances, crafts, homemade goodies and much more! Don't forget to check out all of the exciting exhibits at the museum while you're here!
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.
CITY: Du Quoin
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Everyone’s favorite winter extravaganza returns to Navy Pier – Winter WonderFest presented by Bank of America! ‘Tis the season to have too much fun inside a 170,000 square foot festive holiday playground. Entertainment for the entire family includes indoor ice skating, rides, attractions, an indoor Ferris wheel and so much more. Bring your family for fun and excitement at the 12th annual Winter WonderFest by Bank of America at Navy Pier!
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the holiday lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Avenue of Lights
Avenue of Lights is a two-mile holiday display of animated lights at Moorman/Wavering Park in Quincy. It runs from Thanksgiving until New Years, nightly from 6-9:30pm. A staple attraction of Quincy during the holiday season.
Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Come to The Morton Arboretum this holiday season to see trees in a different light! Tickets on sale now! Illumination will engage your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. This is an outdoor event on a one-mile, gently rolling, paved path that takes approximately one and one-half hours to complete. Please dress for the weather. Food and beverage concessions are available for purchase. Walking along the paved trail you can hug a tree to make it grow brighter, sing to a tree and watch it change color, interact with light and color with a swipe of your hand, and many more surprising experiences around every turn! Also, be sure to warm up next to fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa, s'mores, and other delights, visit the Enchanted Railroad and stop in to browse the holiday wares at The Arboretum Store, and enjoy energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly LED lighting that provides beautiful, powerful color while consuming only half the power of traditional incandescent lights. Please note, the event closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, 25.
Christmas in the Village
Spend the day in downtown Cobden, where you can enjoy fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players, take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store, where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display.
Celebrate the Christmas season with a parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, crafts, music, storytellers, a petting zoo, and children's activities at the Apollo Theater and Fire House on State Street. Seasonal vendors and a Christmas tree display are featured at the Community Building Complex.
Belvidere Holiday Walk
Travel back in time for a glimpse of holidays in seasons past. Luminaries will light the way to our log cabins where pioneer families will be celebrating. They might even be serving holiday goodies! Stop by and share your holiday wishes with a Civil War era Santa. Enjoy freshly popped corn along the way and come inside the Nature Center to listen to the sound of music. Held on the Festival Grounds in Spencer Conservation Area.
Come and enjoy this annual downtown Tuscola event featuring craft vendors, a house walk, breakfast with Santa, a parade, the "Santa Chase" 5k run/walk, children's games, Madrigal Dinner at the community center and more!
Victorian Christmas on the Woodstock Square
Not to be missed is Woodstock's Victorian Christmas celebration that begins each Thanksgiving weekend. The Square glows with thousands of miniature lights illuminating the buildings and trees for the annual Festival of Lights. Carolers stroll the streets and visitors can take horse-drawn carriage rides around the Square. Friday November 29, 2013, 7:00pm. Lighting of the Square Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:00pm. Holiday Parade. Every Friday and Saturday November 29, 2013-December 21, 2013 Carriage Rides around the Square.
Olde Tyme Christmas and Living History
Decorations and period music accompany reenactments of what 18th century life was like at Fort Massac. The park staff and local historical re-enactors will welcome guests to the visitors' center and museum, which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. Hot spiced tea will warm visitors as they sample cookies baked in the authentic period bake oven.
Christmas Home Tours
Visit Historic Golconda, and tour 4 homes, 1 church and the local museum. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30pm with refreshments and a visit from Santa.
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
If you like art and art for sale then be sure to take part in this traveling art party featuring local artists in numerous venues in the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. Enjoy artist demonstrations and art for sale from over 300 artists at more than 20 venues. Discover beautiful jewelry, paintings, furniture, pottery, glass work and more. The event is free and free shuttle service is provided to take you from one venue to the next. It runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
Titanic New Year's Eve Gala
Attend an elegant dinner dance in the beautiful Crystal River Ballroom of the historic Mineral Springs Hotel. Polish your tiaras and jewels, to embellish your gowns. Doors open at 8 p.m., dinner served at 9 p.m. There will be a bottle of champagne on every table, for a midnight toast to 2014. Cost is $50 for single person or $75 per couple. For more info, call (618) 465-6256.
Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park lit up with twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone is invited to attend this free old-fashioned festival complete with carolers, hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa! Bundle up since it may be chilly! All ages are welcome. In honor of the giving season, please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Crisis Food Center.
Bryant Cottage Holiday Open house/Christmas in Bement
Christmas in Bement includes an open house for Historic Bryant Cottage on the Looking for Lincoln trail. This picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been “restored” and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth century Illinois.
The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet
Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition of the Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.
The Nutcracker at the Egyptian Theater
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.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "An Italian Christmas"
Blending the lines between popular and classical music, the three members of the vocal group Poperazzi have performed in everything from opera houses to Las Vegas. Ring in the Christmas spirit with this performance of favorite melodies with an Italian accent this year. Selections include "William the Angel," "Adeste Fidelis," "Funiculi Finicula," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Libiamo," "Silent Night" and many more.
Even the youngest sugarplum will eagerly follow the heroine, Clara, as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the fearsome Mouse King, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince! This fresh, lively and thoroughly entertaining production is sure to become a favorite for the entire family. Don't miss the Ruth Page Civic Ballet perform this holiday tradition.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
When the same old Holiday Fare just won't cut it, The Second City's Nut-cracking Holiday Revue comes to the rescue! This fast-paced interactive show, filled with style and wit, is the perfect alternative to the same old tired holiday performances. Drawing from holiday film classics to family gatherings to improvised Christmas carols, this bright, funny and completely original show will keep the audience rolling in the aisles.
New Year's Eve Party at Pere Marquette Lodge
Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge! Show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, an open bar and a lavish buffet dinner. Dance the night away with a great band, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $379 inclusive, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
Christmas Feast at the Lodge
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: FREE, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $24.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
A Lake County holiday tradition. Visit Northern Illinois' largest drive-through Holiday Light Festival, held at the Cuneo Mansion, and view thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday decorations. While visiting the light show, the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens invites you to walk through the museum for a magical view of Christmas' past. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Geneseo Art League Christmas Forest
View decorated miniature trees, gingerbread, and member holiday artwork. Silent auction bids accepted on display items. Open house weekend features refreshments, and Christmas Walk night is when the silent auction winners are announced. The store has a large variety of fine art and photography that make lovely and fun items for gift giving.
Home for the Holidays--American Big Band
All time Christmas favorites from Bing to Buble’. Featuring eight glorious, colorful singers and dancers, lush stage settings and a 12-piece big band, this fully-staged, beautifully choreographed holiday spectacular brings Christmas to life. Get in the holiday mood a little early and watch the performance from 7:30-10p.m.
The Nutcracker presented by the Champaign Urbana Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s dreamy score swirls amid a land of enchanted toys, a princely hero, a confectionery fairy, and fanciful figures. This is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece directed by Deanna Doty, accompanied by Sinfonia da Camera and a 40-piece orchestra under the direction of Ian Hobson.
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. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. 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.
Festival of Trees
We've got Santa's arrival, the lighting of the trees, and the holiday spirit all wrapped up! When Santa arrives via fire truck at 6:00PM, you’ll help him ring in the season by lighting the Festival of Trees. Then join him for a snack, a photo opportunity, and a chance to remind him what’s on your Christmas list.
CITY: Lake in the Hills
Annual Taylorville Holiday Home Tour
"Remember Pearl Harbor"- Hidden for 70 years, glamorous posters for 1940s high school dances and games will be revealed at the home of a Pearl Harbor hero and his 87-year-old artist widow. Other sites showcase Victorian mansions, home flippers' talents, a house stager's decor secrets, and the makeover of phone company into a bachelor's haven. Gift vendors, lavish free treats. Start your tour at welcome/ticket center at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe, east side, historic Taylorville Square.
Wild Lights at Miller Park Zoo
Celebrate the holiday season as you stroll through the Zoo lit by hundreds of luminarias at this special two night, after hours event!
Holiday LEGO Train Show
Cantigny Park’s popular LEGO® Train Show is a holiday tradition for many families. The show transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO® fans. Le Jardin, the Visitor Center’s restaurant and banquet room, is home to the primary LEGO® diorama where creative new elements are added each year. Secondary displays and a free craft activity occupy the building’s main gallery area and meeting room.
Five Little Monkeys
Going shopping…baking cakes…sitting in trees…jumping on beds! Through wonderful costumes and acting, each of the frisky siblings displays their own unique style of mischief while driving Mama monkey crazy. Five Little Monkeys is a zany 60 minute performance, perfect for youngsters and youngsters-at-heart. From Adventure Theatre MTC and based on the books by Eileen Christelow. Be sure to catch them from 11 a.m. until noon.
Havencrest Castle Holiday Tour
Celebrate Christmas in the Castle. The tour of Havencrest Castle at Christmastime will kick-off the holiday season with loads of cheer! See the Castle rooms sparkling with holiday magic.
Andover Christmas Julotta
For 163 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.
Orpheum Snow Globe
Spend an enchanted time in a winter wonderland where the tradition of merry-making continues featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing with prizes, and more!
37th Annual Festival of the Gnomes
Come see live theater action with actors of all ages. Festival of the Gnomes celebrates the legends and lore of the "wee folk," who do good works for man and nature. See them outsmart the Snotgurgle too! Visit the gift shop filled with gnomemade crafts or try your luck in the raffle for two original soft sculpture hand-crafted gnome dolls. First year? Gnome caps are here! Every year have a tassle sewn on by our grandma gnomes. Great family fun!
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, bags tourney, and a pancake breakfast. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
The annual Christkindl Market will be held December 7th & 8th in downtown Quincy's Washington Park. Visitors can shop in heated tents featuring booths from local merchants, authentic German food and drink, activities for youth, visits with Santa and much more!
City of Olney Christmas Light Display
Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the community each Friday and Saturday starting December 6.
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.
5th Annual Ottawa's Ice Odyssey and Holiday Bazaar
Make this spectacular Ottawa festival a new holiday tradition for you and yours! Experience the amazing art of ice sculpting as you stroll the downtown streets with your family! Watch first hand, as artists carve ordinary blocks of ice into whimsical holiday visions! Enjoy 9-holes of Miniature golf, visit with the Christmas Characters and horse-drawn carriage rides. Also, be sure to stop by our Holiday Bazaar and browse the Holiday Farmers Market. Visit the website for more information free. 8:00am - 4:00pm
Holiday Rock on the Fox
Celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at Holiday Rock on the Fox at Riverfront Park on Saturday, December 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join Algonquin Recreation for the community tree lighting, candy cane hunt, visit with Santa and friends, listen to holiday music, and more! For complete details visit us online at: www.algonquin.org/recreation.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Singer Burl Ives (a.k.a. Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this event every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities. On Fridays, leading up to Christmas.
Christmas in Paris
Come to Paris, Illinois, on December 7th for an entire day of activities that will provide fun for the entire family. The Mistletoe Marketplace will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at 118 E. Court Street featuring 20 plus local vendors available to aid in all your holiday shopping needs. At 2 p.m., head to the Paris Theater, located at 119 N Central, for a free showing of "A Christmas Story." From 4 pm to 7 pm, the downtown area will be a host to many different free activities. Most storefronts will be open, serving as home to either a free activity or a special shopping experience. Activities that night include a magic show, story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, several children's crafts, a silly photo booth, marshmallow roasting, reindeer games on the courthouse lawn, live entertainment and much, much more.
Holiday Light Extravaganza
Drive or walk through to see the Christmas lights and animated holiday scenes nightly. Friday and Saturday nights Hill's Fort Cabin is open with 1800s Christmas and American Heritage Railroad's Polar Express is running.
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.
Happy Holiday Railway at the Illinois Railway Museum
Embark on a magical train ride! Visit with Santa Claus at the Toy Workshop and receive a gift to take home. Children on Santa's "Good" list will receive a gift and treat. Enjoy music and live entertainment.
Follow the path through “Kringle’s Kingdom” and gaze at more than 75 displays, many animated with characters larger than life. Meander along the path and stop to peak inside the display boxes, visit the unique collection of holiday displays arranged along a path and separated by groupings of lighted evergreen trees, witness a train chugging toward a frozen kingdom, skating bunnies, kissing bears, Christmas puppies and sugar plums dancing. It’s truly a magical holiday experience. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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. Hammer and Pick will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the Mountain Men, Kewanee Community Choir and the Peoria Children’s Choir fill the air with musical 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
CITY: Bishop Hill
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.
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.
Downtown in December
Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family to Edwardsville for the 2nd Annual Downtown in December. In addition to participating merchants having extended hours there will be many activities happening in downtown. Caroling will be heard along parts of Main and Vandalia Streets, Santa will be visiting with Children, decorated store fronts and even an Elves Workshop!
The Nutcracker Ballet
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. This year's performance will feature Rockford native and Rockford Dance Company Alumni April Day who now dances with the Joffery Ballet in Chicago. Combined with the RSO and the local talent of the Rockford Dance Company, this holiday tradition is enjoyable for the whole family.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a Festival of Lights tradition of 23 years, presented annually by Eastlight Theatre.
CITY: East Peoria
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. Children's Theatre takes place most Sundays through Saturdays at 10 AM. On select days, there is an additional performance at 12:30pm. Performance days and times do vary so please visit the calendar page for each show.
Rockton Christmas Walk Weekend
The 29th annual Rockton Christmas Walk events include the Lighting of the Park with luminaries surrounding the Village Green Park, a lighted parade, Christmas carolers, elves and a snowman wandering through town, Candy Cane Craft Show, and horse and carriage rides around the village.Many organizations will provide events of their own which include a breakfast, craft show, musical concert, hot cocoa, and Christmas time sales at their business.
Christmas in Vandalia
Friday night will be the "City Christmas Tree Lighting" on the hill on Gallatin Street. Then enjoy shopping in downtown stores, merchants will be staying open late and many will have sales and specials that evening. There will be carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, fire barrels for warmth, wine tasting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and more! Also, the Rotary club Annual Christmas Parade and Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse will take place.
Fairfield Festival of Lights
Citizens from around Fairfield purchase and then donate lights and displays that decorate the park for the holiday season. You can drive through or, on certain evenings, you can take a horse and carriage ride through the park to see the beautiful lights and displays.
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
The 14 room historic mansion is decorated for the Holidays, with many of the decorations for sale. Holiday luncheons can be scheduled with reservations. Luncheons include a served meal and a house tour. Regular tours are offered from 1 to 4pm daily.
Christmas by Candlelight Dinner
Join us Saturday, December 7 at the winery for an intimate dinner by candlelight. At 6pm, hors d’oeuvres will be served with dinner starting at 6:30pm. Enjoy music and dancing from 7:30-11pm. The menu and music are sure to please! Check our website for more information. Reservations are required for this event.
CITY: Mount Sterling
Silver Bells - It's Christmas Time in River City
There will be a grand lighted parade, craft show, quilt show, carriage rides and much more as Christmas comes to Chester!
Enjoy the holiday spirit with shopping, refreshments and other goodies. Santa will be strolling the music-filled street. Bring your friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas without the hustle and bustle in our quaint shops and restaurants.
The Retail Merchants Committee of Wabash County presents Christmas Uptown; a festive evening of family fun to kick-off the Christmas season! Join us from 4-8 p.m. in uptown Mt. Carmel for carriage rides, pictures with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, craft vendors, merchant specials and so much more!
CITY: Mount Carmel
Join us in Downtown Oak Park for a cookie walk inside over 50 participating shops and restaurants! Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a variety of family friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate and coffee. The event will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 11am-5pm.
CITY: Oak Park
Home for the Holidays
Step back in time during Historic Elsah's annual "Home for the Holidays" on Saturday, December 7. Tour six historic homes decorated for the holidays, take a carriage ride and enjoy a fixed price lunch at Farley's Music Hall. Lunch will be served on a first-come first-served basis and is provided by The Cultured Bistro. Advance ticket sales using Paypal will be available by going to www.historicelsah.org. Advance tickets are $15 per person. Event day tickets are $18 per person. Ticket prices do not include food. For more information visit historicelsah.org. Tickets are limited. All proceeds benefit the Historic Elsah Foundation.
Savanna Museum & Cultural Center Festival of Trees
It's a Wonderful Life as sponsors from Savanna and surroundings communities show their Holiday spirit. Fifty lighted Christmas are delightfully decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals in a competition for the Best Tree.
Christmas in the Park
Fridays and Saturdays, Christmas in the Park features horse drawn carriage rides, little toot train rides, petting zoo, Santa Claus in the Santa House with lots of festive light displays and more!
Underwater Christmas Tree & Dinner with Santa
Come trim our Christmas Tree, underwater! This unique family event is fun for all as you hang ornaments on our underwater Christmas tree and swim with Santa. Followed by dinner with Santa. Event starts at 5:30pm on December 20th!
Home for the Holidays
Catch the old fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa. Free cocoa & cookies too! The event will be from 11am-3pm.
CITY: Oak Park
A Carpenters Christmas
While The Carpenters are known for more than a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer & playwright Lisa Rock & her six-piece backing are keeping The Carpenters' holiday traditions alive by bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage.
CITY: Palos Hills