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Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
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 2016 will be open from November 25th through December 27th. The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. There will also be a special walk-through night (no cars allowed) the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Admission for the walk-through night is $1 per person. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call (800) 258-6645.
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.
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40’s sound-effects, actors bring us Capra’s unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George’s unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family. See website for exact dates and showtimes.
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
Nestled on 54 scenic acres, Blackberry Farm is a family-friendly destination that features unique play areas for all ages, live animals, amusement rides, and a living history museum that brings Aurora’s history to life through demonstrations, exhibits and extensive artifact collections. Blackberry Farm is fun for all ages and is a great choice for your wedding, company picnic, birthday party or family reunion. All attractions are included with daily admission. Enjoy unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel and ponies. Ice skating rink in winter when weather permits.
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. Enjoy the magic! This year features a 20’ tall “singing” Christmas tree. 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 Sundays through Thursdays and 5 - 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Presented by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora, Free: donations encouraged.
Find impressive savings at 140 designer and name-brand outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, SAKS Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Theory, Vera Bradley and more. A recent expansion will bring additional stores in the spring of 2016 making this even more of a Midwest Shopping destination! In Aurora, 37 miles west of Chicago.
Fox Valley Mall is the premier shopping center in Illinois, featuring 130+ specialty stores and dining options! Anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, J C Penney and Sears. Fox Valley Mall has three levels of shopping, a full food court, and a merry-go-round. This mall is a must-shop-stop for everyone! The NEW Fox Valley Train is located on Level 2 near JCPenney.
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, like 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.
Step back in time a few years and enjoy clean, old-fashioned outdoor fun at Abbey Farms. Unique – no haunting themes, no electronic games, no gimmicks, just clean old-fashioned outdoor fun for everyone. Enjoy three seasons of fun; fresh produce in summer, Pumpkin Daze in fall and U-pick Christmas trees in winter. Shop their fresh bakery goods, cider donuts, and other seasonal delights. Looking for a unique venue for that special occasion? Visit their new rustic-chic barn, the Nagel Emporium.
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.
We sell only products made in the United States! We offer an eclectic mix of common household items from toys to tools, glassware to garden supplies, fashions to food and so much more. When you shop at Norton's U.S.A, you help keep America working!
This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive through light display, tree and wreath displays, a lego display, lego maze, camel rides and a petting zoo. With over one million lights, this event celebrates Christmas in all it's glory.
Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through Central Park in Bethalto, enjoying decorated lighted Christmas-themed cottages, live music, food, Santa Claus, holiday vendors and crafters, live nativity scene and more. Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, family-fun event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. Created for all ages, by all ages, Bethalto Christmas Village embodies the cooperation of residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations and village officials to create an amazing Christmas experience! There will be musical entertainment from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. each night. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
Come enjoy the many sounds of Christmas as the Bethalto Community Choir Christmas Concert at First Baptist Church. The program is free and features a 60-voice choir and accompanying orchestra delivering a variety of Christmas music. The event also features appearances by select soloists, ensembles, a children's choir and the Civic Memorial High School Chorus. Plan to arrive early as this event commonly packs the 750-seat auditorium.
Enjoy a return to a quieter time at the Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk. Stroll through the downtown area, viewing the storefront decorations, children's craft areas, snacks, costumed characters, Father Christmas and more. For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
More Polish Pottery is the leading Midwest retailer for Ceramkia Artystyczna polish pottery stoneware. Guests can shop a vast selection of thousands of first quality pieces. Whether you just want to browse or shop, enjoy a unique shopping experience at this award-winning specialty shop. Visit during regular hours or schedule an appointment.
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!