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Christmas at the Farm
Experience an old time Christmas with the kids. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and, naturally, the kids get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Read some holiday classics and enjoy fresh roasted chestnuts. Eight different hands-on holiday crafts will be available. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. For two Sundays: December 6 and December 13.
Ronald Reagan Birthday Party
The annual Birthday Party honoring the birth of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, will be held Feb. 6, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the place where he was born. An Open House will be held at both the Tampico Historical Society Museum and the Ronald Reagan Birthplace Museum. In addition to tours of the Museums, refreshments will be served.
Holiday Open House at the Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore History Museum says “Thank you” to its supporters Saturday, December 5th during their Annual Holiday Open House. This free event is fun for everyone who loves the holidays. Enjoy festive music, drink hot chocolate, take home a craft activity, and decorate sugar cookies. The museum will also be open for tours led by the Junior Docents.
Midwest Museum of Natural History Festival of Trees
See the Midwest Museum of Natural History decked out for the Holidays during the 2015 Festival of Trees. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees that are displayed around the museum all month long. Visitors to the museum then get to vote for their favorite tree. And if that's not enough, plan your visit around one of the weekly events and programs. View MMNH's calendar of events to see what other fun activities are planned at the museum. December is a great time to visit and experience the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
Undying Words 1858-1865
A powerful look at Lincoln’s greatest words and how they helped end slavery in America. “Undying Words” explores the most important speeches of Lincoln’s career, showing how his views on slavery evolved as he sought to hold the country together. One hundred fifty years after the Civil War ended and Lincoln died, this exhibit shows what was at stake for the slaves, soldiers and families caught up in the crisis Lincoln devoted himself to ending.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Christmas at the Mack House - Macktown Living History Center
Celebrate Christmas at the Mack House. Visit Stephen Mack's home and enjoy traditional 19th Century treats such as Wassail and warm apple cider, along with an assortment of traditional cookies and sweetbreads. Fun for the entire family in the oldest wood frame house west of Chicago. There will be traditional music and both Christmas and winter songs with bag pipers, native flutes, fiddles, and much more.
Great River Eagle Days
To celebrate the return of our National bird, the great Bald Eagle, the public is invited to the free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.
Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Lunch with Santa on the Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale online Saturday, June 6th.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14, Nov 20-21, Nov 27-29 & Dec 4-5. Reservations required. Tickets go on sale June 6th.
19th Century Christmas at Deere-Wiman House & Butterworth Center
Don't miss these two beautifully decorated Deere family mansions during the holiday season. The 19th Century Christmas features the interiors of the homes decorated for the holidays; along with living-history volunteers, Choir performances, Santa Claus, music, and make-and-take activities for the children. These homes once belonged to the John Deere family and are now operated by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust. Open noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
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.
Fort Massac Encampment
This annual reenactment of late-1700s Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities.
47th Annual Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show & Fall Festival Days
View antique tractors, period demonstrations from blacksmiths, plowing, threshing, baling, grinding and molasses production. Enjoy train rides, tractor pulls, great food and a huge flea market.
6th Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
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.
Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at Camp River Dubois. This annual event commemorates the day William Clark and the men of the detachment arrived at the confluence of the Riviere a Dubois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The event will include members of the detachment portraying military life, re-enactors recreating the civilian population and demonstrators. Site admission is free.
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It's an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. A chocolate lover's dream. Being held at "156 East" a banquet facility in beautiful downtown Galesburg. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.