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Symphony in Lights
The Promenade Bolingbrook and the Village of Bolingbrook join together to provide spectacular Holiday family fun with the Symphony in Lights Holiday Light Show beginning at dusk and runs every hour on the hour until 9 p.m., Nov 15 - Dec 31. Tree Lighting is November 15th, 3pm – 8pm. Take more than 250,000 computer-controlled, brightly colored, energy efficient lights, choreograph them to the thunderous sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, add flickering, multi-directional, strobe-like bursts of light, and the result is Symphony in Lights, the largest, most energetic, innovative, public holiday light show in the country that twinkles and shimmers as it illuminates the million-square-foot Promenade Bolingbrook. The show is designed to fit its environment. Spectators will experience 40 life-sized snowflakes dance around a massive 48-foot tall tree in the center's Village Green gathering area. LED lights at the Center run the entire show on the amount of energy needed to power only one average-sized home.
Experience the old world charm of a German Christkindl celebration. Horsedrawn wagon rides, St. Nickolas, lantern parade, carolers, music, cookie decorating and more.
Barbara Buck Studio Santa Fest
Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of this annual holiday gallery walk featuring artist heirloom quality one of a kind Santa's by nationally recognized Santa artist, Barbara Buck. Cookies, cider and pumpkin fudge will be served. Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday: Noon to 5 pm.
Shamrockin St. Pat's Weekend Party
Weekend of St. Pats Festivities- 4 Days of Irish Entertainment, Irish Fare, Raffles, St. Pats Day Gear and South Side Irish Parade bus trip. Family friendly all weekend. Family owned and operated for 27 years. 12PM-close.
Come learn about the Siberian Husky, the Iditarod, & the sport of mushing, then watch dog sled demos with the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago. Some activities include:“human mushing," snowshoe races, roasting marshmallows, warming tent, pet a husky puppy. Outside vendors & exhibitors include, photos with a sled dog, ice sculpting, food vendors.
Home Wine Maker’s Contest
Baxter's Vineyards & Winery will host its 21th Annual Home Wine Making Competition Awards Celebration on June 27, 2015 at Baxter's Vineyards & Winery in Nauvoo, Illinois. Non-commercial wine makers are invited to enter their best wines into this competition, which is split into five distinct categories: (1) red grape (2) white grape (3) blends (4) fruit wines and (5) other. The deadline to enter wines is Thursday, June 25, 2015. The wines will be judge in a closed, blind judging that will be held on June 26, 2015. The public is welcome to visit baxter's Vineyards on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Entry forms, along with rules of the competition are posted at www.nauvoowinery.com.
Active Aging - An Expo for ages 50 and older
This free event will offer information to baby boomers and seniors on financial planning, real estate, health, travel and more. 9AM-2PM.
CITY: Orland Park
Sample savory hotwings from the talented chefs of area restaurants. Sponsored by the Great River Restaurant Association and held at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center in downtown Quincy. Held annually the day before Superbowl Sunday. For more information contact 217-223-1000.
Little People’s Golf Championships
International Golf tournament for boys and girls ages 3-17. Held at Westview Golf Course, 2150 S 36th, Quincy. For more info contact 217.257.5718 or littlepeoplesgolf.com
25th Annual Chicago Drum Show
World's largest, longest running vintage and custom drum show. Exhibits, clinics, classes, demonstrations, entertainment, celebrity guests.
CITY: St. Charles
Shrimp & Crawfish Boil
Hopewell Winery near Pittsfield, IL hosts the annual Shrimp & Crawfish boil from noon-7pm at the winery. This event is a tradition to locals and visitors alike. Enjoy wine tastings from Hopewell Winery partnered with all of the shrimp and crawfish you can eat.
Tinley Park Golf Expo
Build your business at Chicago's Newest Consumer Golf Show! Connect with golfers from Illinois and NW Indiana in Chicagoland's most beautiful, recently expanded, state-of-the-art facility. Free Parking; Just north of I-80 on Harlem (IL 43); Easy access to I-294, I-355 & all major expressways.
CITY: Tinley Park
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s rich production of Tchaikovsky’s exquisite holiday ballet never fails to win crowds over with its joyous music, lavish costumes, colorful sets and inventive choreography. Live narration provided by wizardly toymaker Drosselmeyer immediately captivates young audiences, as he unfolds a dreamlike tale of a young girl’s encounters with royal subjects, fairies, and a cast of over 100 dancers and performers.
Festival of Trees
Entire month of December We're decked out for the holidays; we’ll have twinkle lights, Sam is dressed up, and of course the tree competition! During the month we will also have ‘special events’ happening weekly! Tree Decorating Competition During the month of December the Museum gets dressed up for the holidays, featuring a display of over 20 trees decorated by businesses and non-profit groups.The public can vote for their favorite tree by making a donation in jars in the lobby. The top three trees receive awards and participants are invited to the Museum's holiday party!The Museum provides the trees and the lights and your group provides the creativity. You may use home-made or store-bought ornaments (no food products please, such as popcorn or salt dough, etc. or glitter). Trees should be decorated between November 24-29 during regular Museum hours. Trees sold out last year, so call today to reserve yours: 815-895-9777 Non-profit Organizations: $35 Businesses: $100 Tuesdays and Thursdays Enjoy a free make-and-take craft! Each craft is winter-themed and fun for kids and the young-at-heart! Wednesdays Free day! Fridays Animal demonstration @ 3:00 pm: visit with one of the live animals at the Museum! A staff member will bring out an animal for everyone to learn about and touch. Saturdays Free hot chocolate (with admission)
White Christmas - Stage Coach Players Theatre
December 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 pm December 7 & 14 at 2:00 pm IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank MUSIC AND LYRICS BY IRVING BERLIN BOOK BY DAVID IVES and PAUL BLAKE Original stage production directed by WALTER BOBBIE Orchestrations Larry Blank Vocal and Dance Arrangements Bruce Pomahac Directed by Josh Smith Musical Direction by Nika Plattos Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander General Waverly. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.
Ellwood House Holiday Traditions
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. HOLIDAY TRADITIONS Decorated Mansion Tours November 15-30 closed Thanksgiving day HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE SPECIAL EVENTS Friday, December 5: 7:00-8:30pm Saturday, December 6: 1:00-4:30pm Sunday, December 7: 1:00-4:30pm MEMBER'S NIGHT Thursday, December 4: 4:00-6:30pm Membership Information Kick off your holidays with a tour of the elegantly decorated mansion at the end of November, or join us for our open house events at the beginning of December. 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, 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. 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. HOLIDAY TRADITIONS is generously sponsored by Castle Bank. For times and information visit www.ellwoodhouse.org.
DeKalb Municipal Band Holiday Concert
CELEBRATING 160 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS MUSIC! The DeKalb Municipal Band is recognized throughout the country as one of the Midwest’s most historic musical organizations. This performance will feature newly arranged seasonal music along with musical guests from the area. History: The DeKalb Municipal Band is a tradition that goes back to 1854, when a small group of musicians fresh from the California Gold Rush formed the Silver Cornet Band. Since then, a City Band in DeKalb has existed for 155 years, uninterrupted by wars, and a depression. With such a record, DeKalb claims to be the city with the oldest continuous band in Illinois. When: December 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm Where: Egyptian Theatre http://www.dekalbparkdistrict.com/district/dekalb-municipal-band
Central IL Jazz Festival
The 40th Central Illinois Jazz Festival is produced by the Juvae Jazz Society of Decatur, IL and held annually at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Scheduled are some of the top bands/musicians on the festival circuit.
Married Alive! is a funny and touching new musical that looks in on two married couples, one newlywed and one oldly wed. From babies to empty nests, job stress to domestic bliss, it’s face paced and acerbic, but always affectionate. As one patron put it, “A hoot with a heart!” Married Alive! is a funny, affectionate outrage, and all it takes is four actors and a piano to go on this journey from Niagara to Viagra.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Noel Neill/Lois Lane Statue
The statue acknowledges Noel's contributions to the Superman Celebration as the "First Lady of Metropolis" and her portrayal of Lois Lane in the Serials and the TV series of the 1950s, "The Adventures of Superman" with an honorable and permanent gesture of love from the citizens of Metropolis and from her countless fans around the world.
Country Treasures Holiday Craft Show
Huge selection of home decor and personal accessories just in time for Spring! Held at the Oakley Lindsay Center, 3rd & York, Quincy. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission is $3/ kids 12 & under free. 217.223.1000
Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance
Join the Jacksonville Rotary Club for their 13th Annual Valentine's Dinner/Dance. Cocktails (cash bar): 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meal available upon request (advance notice required) Exit 52 Band: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. (Exit 52 delivers high energy classic rock, 80s and Country. They tour extensively throughout Central Illinois. Find out more at www.exit52music.com). Live Auction at 8:30 p.m. and Silent Auction throughout the evening. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! $35.00 Per person – reserved seating for tables of 8
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour
Sunday, November 2, 2014 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tour of barbed-wire baron Jacob Haish sites. $15 general; $12 members Narrated by historian Steve Bigolin and Haish descendant Jeff Marshall. Learn the story of German immigrant and DeKalb manufacturer Jacob Haish. Stops will be made at several locations, including the viewing of two significant collections, with drive-by narration and a PowerPoint presentation of former locations of homes and businesses that no longer exist. Stops at: Jacob Haish furniture exhibit at Ellwood House Visitor Center Jeff Marshall personal collection on display at Glidden Homestead Masonic Temple Fairview Cemetery burial site Drive-by narrations at Associated historic buildings Former locations of homes & businesses Register today! 815-756-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Joyful Sounds"
Soak in the Joyful Sounds of the season along with some Disney classics as the DSO welcomes back Danville High School's own Delegation Choir along with the Danville Symphony Community Choir. Selections will include, It's a Wonderful Life, Five Sketches After Dickens, music from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, Turkey Lurkey and tried and true O Holy Night and the Hallelujah Chorus.