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Holiday Walk & Live Window Display
You'll revel in all things Christmas while strolling Madison Street during the Holiday Walk. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, meet Santa's reindeer, warm up with a marshmallow roast, and visit merchant open houses featuring special sales, refreshments and more! The highlight of the event is the shopkeeper's windows, featuring creative and sometimes humorous live holiday displays. You've never seen anything like it-not even on State Street! The Holiday Walk begins when Santa arrives by fire engine to light the Christmas tree in Constitution Court (Thomas and Madison) at 6 p.m. Photo op and visit with Santa from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Park National Bank.
CITY: Forest Park
Mark Twain Toy Show
29th Annual Toy Show The Mark Twain Toy Show is one of the finest toy shows in the Mid-West. It showcases collectible toys and crafts related to agriculture, construction, transportation and motor sports. The various items you will find at the show include die-cast collectibles, scale models, hand-built custom equipment, pedal tractors, autographs, memorabilia, and apparel. Collectibles, new and old, ranging from Hot Wheels to Tonka to Ertl to SpecCast will be on hand in the hotel lobby, ball room and in the second floor hotel rooms. Every kind of tractor, implement, heavy construction equipment, tractor-trailer, circle-track racer and pulling tractor can be found here for your chance to add to your collection. Event held at Town and Country Inn & Suites. http://www.marktwaintoyshow.com/index.html
Earth & Space by Quincy Youth Orchestra
Fantastic performance by the Quincy Youth Orchestra! The Kroc Center 405 Vermont Street Quincy, IL
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association
The season concludes with our gorgeous Pines of Rome concert on Saturday, April 18th. the concert will open with University of Missouri graduate Stephanie Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem." Violinist Katie Wolfe will perform the beautiful and virtuosic "Scottish Fantasy" by Max Bruch. The performance concludes with Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1" and the electrifying "Pines of Rome." Tickets $18 Adults, $15 Seniors, Free for youth 18 and under QJHS Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St., Quincy, IL For more information call 217-222-2856.
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala
Governor Duncan Christmas Gala at Hamiltons’s. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Gala features silent and live auctions. Tables of 8 are available for $320.00, single tickets are $40.00 each. Entertainment will be provided by Sherri Mitchell, vocalist, accompanying herself at the piano, a holiday sing-along and a special appearance by Dr. E.C. Bone.
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend
"Eagle Watch Weekend" includes activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center. You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock.
Lagunitas Brewing Company - TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary
Head to the Lagunitas TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary. They're serving up some fun, music, munchies and beers that you won't find on the shelves. Free tours are available.
ECA Hunting and Gun Trade Show
ECA Hunting and Gun Trade Shows are the largest shows in Illinois! A wide variety of guns, knives, ammo, hunting accessories, hi-tech optics, and more will be available from a variety of venders! The show will be held at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy,
Island Getaway by Quincy Symphony Chorus & Friends
Escape to the tropics during this fun toe-tapping performance. A selection of island music and steel drums give a Caribbean feel to this winter concert. Israel IZ’s Hawaiian-style Over the Rainbow is a fresh rendition of a classic favorite. Tickets $18 Adults, $15 Seniors, Free for youth 18 and under Salem Church, 435 S. 9th St., Quincy, IL Call for more information 217-222-2856 or visit qsoa.org
Holiday Art Sale
Just in time for the holidays, Pleasant Home's annual Holiday Art Sale is sure to delight! With handmade and original work, guests can shop for last-minute gifts or something special for themselves! Art sale includes hand-knit wraps and scarves, photography, jewelry, quilted linens, holiday decorations, hostess gifts, and much more. This year we welcome several new artists to the show with never-before-seen items at Pleasant Home! For more information, call 708-383-2654.
CITY: Oak Park
Gus Macker Basketball
Macker in May means summer starts in Quincy. Gus Macker basketball takes to the streets around Washington Park Central Square for the 27th year May 23-24, which will mean summer has arrived. And once again the family oriented festival of fun celebrates the passion for basketball in this wonderful community. Quincy loves hoops. http://www.macker.com/macker-tournament
Pilot Club Annual Holiday Home Walk & Tea
Pilot Club 31st Annual Holiday Home Walk & Tea Visit beautifully decorated homes, sponsored by the International Pilot Club of Jacksonville. More information TBA.
7p.m. to 12 a.m. Theme is Diamonds and Ice. This is a black tie event. There will be heavy hor devours, music, dancing, and mysterious entertainment! Participants are encouraged to wear masquerade masks and enter into our contest.
The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market you have come to know and love. Open November 28-December 14 from Thursday-Sunday and December 18-24 every day.
CITY: Oak Brook
Christmas at the Brewery
Join us for delightful holiday menu specials all day. Beginning at 4PM we will offer free horse-drawn carriage rides for our diners through charming downtown Flossmoor, all decked out with holiday lights. Santa and his trusty sidekick, Jingles, will pose for free pictures with children and listen to their secret wishes. The night will be cozy, musical and full of holiday magic! Join us for our most treasured tradition. Reservations are welcome but not necessary,holiday spirit is required! For more information, please call 708-957-2739 or visit www.flossmoorstation.com. 4-8PM.
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.
CITY: Oak Park
Deck the Depot
Enjoy Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride. Relax to the sounds of Carolers. For those who prefer a traditional chauffeur, a heated trolley will also make stops at all of the Open Houses. All of the event's are family-friendly and free! Opening Ceremony will take place at 5:15 p.m. at the "Berwyn" Train Depot at Windsor & Grove. Pick up an event punch card and enter our event raffle by visiting Bounce Sports. Depot District merchants will stay open late to offer complimentary goodies, holiday specials and cheer to all who visit. The event will also feature a special drawing for adults 21+ who spend $10 in the Depot District and have the event passport "punched" by all of the participating open houses for a chance to win a basket worth over $200!
Quincy Museum Valentine Tea
The Quincy Museum invites women and their special young ladies to a Queen of Hearts Valentine Lunch and Tea. A great mother-daughter, grandmother-granddaughter (or any ladies who are young at heart) event! Guests will enjoy a Queen of Hearts themed luncheon including tea and dessert. The fun continues after the meal when adults and children will create a fun Valentine craft to take with them. The cost is $12.50 per person, and reservations are required as the museum has limited seating. The museum will be happy to take your reservation by phone with payment by Visa or MasterCard. Please call the Quincy Museum at 217-224-7669 for more information or to make your reservation today! 1601 Maine.
Symphonic Dances by Quincy Symphony Orchestra
Astounding talents of our youth competition winners paired with rousing dance music combine for an outstanding concert event! QJHS Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St., Quincy, IL
Nicholas Conservatory - All Aglow Holiday Display
The All Aglow Holiday Display features holiday light and floral displays, live holiday music and family fun activities, all in the warmth of the tropics. Open Tuesdays-Sundays.
Love Is In The Air
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents their 52nd season Music is in the Air. Concert time is 7:30p.m. at Rammelkamp Chapel on the Illinois College Campus. Tickets go on sale 2 weeks prior to the concert and are available at County Market in Jacksonville. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Youth and students are admitted free. For more information contact 217.245.1181 or visit website at www.jaxsym.com
Maple Festival at Touch of Nature, a free educational family-fun event to learn the history and see the process of making maple syrup from the woods to the kitchen. It includes maple syrup demonstrations, tree identification hikes and a home-cooked pancake breakfast which includes maple syrup harvested a Touch of Nature. The event also features blacksmith, hide tanning, silk embroidery, furniture making and other demonstrations, as well as local artisans and vendors. Admission to the event is free. The Pancake breakfast is $10.
The BoDeans With Taylor Hicks at the Genesee Theatre
Since forming in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans has been bringing American Rock music to fans across the nation and has recently taken new directions into country & soul. They have had several singles in the top 40 Mainstream Rock charts and two top 10 songs in the Adult Contemporary charts. Along with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks this should be a show not to be missed.
Light Up the Parks Holiday Parade
The annual "Light up the Parks Holiday Parade" in Loves Park and Machesney Park begins at 4:45pm, leaving from Schneider Electric at 1354 Clifford Avenue, traveling north on Elm Avenue and ending at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Roosevelt Road. An awards ceremony will be held during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road.
CITY: Loves Park