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Join Clint Black, heralded as one of the Country music's brightest stars for a Christmas performance to remember. Boasting nearly two dozen #1 hit singles and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black remains a devoted family man and Honorary Chair for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. This prolific country star invites us to join in the holiday spirit as he performs music to light up the season! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Clint will perform at 7:30 p.m.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It the classic ballet - "Swirling among snowflakes that float from the evening sky, the sweet sounds of violins and flutes fill the air. It is Christmas Eve, and in every house, warm hearts beat in anticipation of the magic of the night. In one special house - the home of the Stahlbaum family - the music and the magic are about to take an unusual shape." That excerpt from Champaign Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker sets the stage for what has become a glamorous, magical holiday tradition for local audiences. Our production is presented each December with a live orchestra, the famed CU Symphony Orchestra, in the elegant Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois. Local children are cast in roles as mice, soldiers and Polichenelles, while company dancers perform the Waltz of the Snowflakes and Flowers, variations of international delights, and the magnificent Pas de Deux that richly defines the Tchaikovsky score.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
Tea with Santa
For the ninth year, Santa will visit the Pickwick Society Tea Room one Sunday during December for a family friendly day. Start a new tradition or keep an established tradition alive, visit Santa at the Pickwick. Santa will be on hand to listen to children's requests. Bring your camera to capture this unique event. Reservations are required and tables fill quickly so call as soon as you are able. 12-3PM.
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
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
Snow Globe Saturdays
Experience the magic of the holidays as downtown Champaign’s historic Orpheum Theater transforms into a winter wonderland! The theater becomes its very own snow globe featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing, and more! Bring your wish list for Santa and enjoy sounds of the season floating through the glittery air. After a couple of runs down the snow hill, return to the Orpheum’s mezzanine for hot chocolate, treats, and crafts.
4th Annual Center City Restaurant Week
Whether you consider yourself a foodie, have a bit of a sweet tooth, or simply just enjoy tasting new dishes. then you’re going to love Center City Restaurant Week! The concept is simple – restaurants located in Downtown, Midtown and Campustown offer special menus all week, featuring their most delicious dishes at knockout prices! Make Restaurant Week a whole week experience and understand why Champaign is known for great dining.
Chicago Toy Show an Antique Collectible Toy and Doll Show
42 years at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Toys, dolls, holiday keepsakes from 1900-2014. Six buildings, 600+ exhibitors with rare, unusual treasures. Comic characters, dolls, space toys, automotives, airplanes, DC, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Barbee, teddy bears, Star Wars. banks.
CITY: St. Charles
An Irish Christmas
Start your holiday season at the Effingham Performance Center with a little Irish magic. From classic Christmas carols to Irish holiday traditions, An Irish Christmas brings holiday cheer through storytelling, music, song, and dance. Featuring the music of uilleann pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhor`ans, and performers from groups such as Riverdance, Magic of the Dance, Kerry Dance Troupe, the voice squad and more, An Irish Christmas is sure to get you in the spirit of the season with some Irish Cheer!! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
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.
The Philadelphia Story
The Lord family of Philadelphia is getting ready for a wedding! A merry mix-up of who is who at the house is just the beginning as reporters try to get the story and our bride tries to find her way to a normal life and we get to find out who she eventually walks down the aisle with! F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a brand new set & costumes along with waltzing flowers, giant mice, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! 1PM & 5PM.
CITY: University Park
Winter Wonderland with Mandy Barnett
Acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett celebrates the warmth and joy of the holiday season, featuring classic ballads like White Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, along with spirited standards like Jingle Bell Rock, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Marshmallow World, and Winter Wonderland. Barnett's robust delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds. Among the many publications praising Barnett's talents, the Los Angeles Times has heralded her pipes of steel,big, brassy voice and vintage-sounding arrangements. USA Today calls Barnett one of the finest classic country and torch singers to come out of Nashville. Here, Barnett takes her cue from the enduring Christmases of the golden era -- imagine the smooth and sophisticated sounds of Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, and Connie Francis updated with Barnett's soaring, sparkling vocals. Barnett's commanding voice and stage presence are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! $24. 7:30PM.
CITY: Park Forest
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A Martin Luther King celebration, speakers, entertainment, luncheon provided, public welcome.
CITY: South Holland
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.
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
The Mad Hatter's Ball
Tall Grass Arts Association presents The Mad Hatter's Ball, 57th Annual Beaux Arts Ball. Hat contest and a whole lot of dancing makes it the perfect Ball. 6PM.
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,
Illini Men's Basketball
It's basketball season all right! Head to the State Farm Center to see one of the leaders in the NCAA - the Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team. Sport your favorite Orange and Blue gear as you cheer on the best of the best in college basketball!
350 Brewing Company
Nano brewery specializing in small, hand-crafted batches of classic beer styles with a twist. Every beer is brewed on-site. Limited food menu. Drink local. Beer is good.
CITY: Tinley Park
Mardi Gras Bash 2nd Annual
Annual party to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Raffles, costumes, candy bar, music dancing and food. 6-10PM.
Annual Holiday Marketplace
The 6th annual holiday marketplace, free admission, open to the public, ample parking. Homemade crafts, great gifts, raffle prizes, holiday shopping, children's activities, holiday snacks sold.
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is a 20-member big band which explores a wide range of styles from the classic swing of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to soulful blues, burning Latin-jazz and gritty funk. The band also features contemporary works by such composers as Bill Holman and Bob Florence and iconic vocal arrangements such as those performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 7:30PM.
CITY: Palos Hills