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12 Days of Christmas
Shop between November 9 – December 19 at the 14 local shops listed for a bonanza of deals and prizes! Daily and Grand Prizes will be drawn between December 5 – December 19. Subscribe to the event at: Facebook.com/WhyBerwyn/events to keep up with prizes. Make a $20 purchase at any of the participating businesses to receive a sticker from that business. In addition, enjoy the bonus time limited offers and discounts. Bring your validated promotional card to Hursts’ Berwyn Jewelers and exchange stickers for entries into the daily drawings taking place between December 5 – December 19. If you collect at least 7 stickers, you are entered into the Super Spectacular Grand Prize Drawing on December 19.
Christmas with the Nelsons at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.
Wreaths Across America
This National program began some 15 years ago in a effort Remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. All 530 veterans graves in the Alton National Cemetery will be decorated with balsam wreaths for the holiday season. Take part in an emotional ceremony sure to bring both pride and joy to those in attendance.
Pheasant Run's New Year Eve
Ring in the New Year with friends and family at Pheasant Run Resort. Entertainment in two separate ballrooms. Choose to have dinner or just come for the parties. Please call for details.
Michael McDonald - "This Christmas" at the Arcada Theatre
Two notes. That's all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the former Dooble Brother and 80's hitmaker's most emotive instruments.
Mistletoe Stroll Holiday Homes Tour
Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena invite you to tour historic inns all lavishly decorated for Christmas. From traditions of the past to current day decor, each inn is unique and the experience should not be missed. Sample each inn’s favorite holiday cookie. See the website for homes open Saturday December 12 and December 19. Admission is $10, tickets can be purchased at any of the homes listed.
Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair
The 26td Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Fair is a crafters dream come true with over 200 booths of crafters selling their best wares. This is the largest craft fair in the region, featuring holiday decorations, ornaments, furniture, home decor, baked goods and homemade items of all kinds.
Galva Freedom Fest Celebration
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July, events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and Join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
Rockton Christmas Walk
The 31st annual Rockton Christmas Walk events include the Candy Cane Craft Fair, Lighting of the Park, Lighted Parade, horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa, and Christmas carolers. Many organizations provide events of their own which include a breakfast, craft show, musical concert, hot cocoa, and Christmas time sales at their business. See the website for a full schedule.
Home For the Holidays in Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special showing of “Grinch” at Lake Theatre. All events and activities are free.
Holiday Walk & Festival of Windows
Live window displays, Horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa & live reindeer, marshmallow roast, and merchants open house are just part of the magic of the annual Holiday Walk on Madison Street.
Santa's Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting
Come join Schiller Park at their annual Santa’s Winter Wonderland. Santa & his friends will be there to ring in the holiday season with numerous fun activities. There will also be a charity coat drive once again where each donator of a coat will receive a prize. In addition the event will be followed by the Village's Holiday Tree Lighting event at 6:30 PM at Clocktower Park. The Village hopes you and your family will be able to enjoy this free family event. Remember to bring your camera!
Family New Year’s Eve Party
Start the new year off right! Enjoy games, giant inflatables, arts and crafts and dance to the latest tunes! Returning this year…spin the prize wheel and active toddler zone. Celebrate with a balloon drop at noon! Pre-register by Dec. 30 at noon. Children under 2 are free. Ages 2 and up: Pre-registration: $7 – Includes admission, party favors and snack. Day-of: $10 at the door. (Day-of registration does not include party favors or snack.)
New Year's Arcada Style
Celebrate 2016 and ring in the New Year with the Arcada Theatre. This will be like no other New Year's party in the midwest! The Bronx Wanderers are Living the American Rock N' Roll Dream.
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
First Night Evanston
A great Evanston New Year's Eve celebration that brings together a great community! Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists. It's a family-friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to young children as well as a teenage battle of the bands and a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's greatest old classic houses of worship. $20 in advance; $25 until 12/31; $30 at door. Type: Festival/Special Events. Various locations in Evanston.
Participate in Downtown Oak Park’s annual Cookie Walk! A $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 participating shops and restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas on Marion Street, enjoy a variety of family-friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate & coffee. Hospitality tent located on Marion Street at South Lake Street.
Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras
Ring in the New Year with Pheasant Run Resort's Party Gras! With overnight accommodations on December 31st, and multiple celebrations packages available for adults as well as children. Please call 630.584.6300 for details of packages to choose from.
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.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
Christmas Parade - Metropolis
A holiday tradition in Metropolis, the Christmas Parade features bands, floats and Santa Claus. The parade kicks off at 1:30pm downtown. (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 6th)
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
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.
Trans Siberian Orchestra
A rock holiday tradition for a new generation. This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Allstate Arena December 28th, two shows, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM.