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Direct from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit to the Confluence Tower to meet children of all ages! Come and have your photo taken or just let the jolly couple know your Christmas wishes! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and tour the Confluence Tower to see the views from 50, 100 and 150 feet high. Regular tour rates apply. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
Eagles aren't the only birds of prey in the area. Learn about other birds that call the Riverbend home with displays and educational activities throughout the day. TreeHouse will be at the Tower with live raptors. For more information, call The Lewis and Clack Confluence Tower at (618) 251-9101.
Riverbend Paranormal presents Mineral Springs Overnight Investigation! Learn the history of Mineral Springs Mall from its beginnings as an elegant hotel and spa. Its history is filled with tragedy, murders, suicides, natural and accidental deaths, as well as many happy memories. Many of these earth-bound spirits remain to haunt, and make their presence felt and known. Guests will also have a brief Paranormal 101 Q & A Session with members of Riverbend Paranormal to learn more about Mineral Springs and all things paranormal. Spaces are limited, so reserve your tickets today! For more information, call (618) 558-0132.
The Old Bakery Beer Company offers high quality local food and beer to downtown Alton. The brewery and restaurant, located at 400 Landmarks Boulevard, has been home to at least 3 bakeries over the last 100 years. Old Bakery Beer will offer four year-round beers, including a Wheat IPA, Rye Pale Ale, Mild Brown Ale, and a Pilsner-style Beer, as well as several rotating seasonals and local guest taps.
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.
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.
Belk Park at 234-acres is the largest park in Wood River.Located on Rock Hill Road at the eastern edge of the city. In addition to the 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, the present facilities include a lake with fishing, picnic areas, a ball field, children’s playground equipment, shelters (which can be rented by visiting City Hall), woodland and open space. Belk Park has a clubhouse for rent with a nice-sized multipurpose room and seating for 168.
If you want to play golf at a course that gives you impeccable value and leaves you with a golf story your buddies will drool over, look no further ... From hills 'n' hollers, to 80 foot bluffs, and a winding creek intertwined throughout the course, The Woodlands is known for it's incredible layout and smooth-rolling greens.
Come golf with a little bit of history at the oldest family owned golf course in the area. Cloverleaf has been a family owned and operated golf course since 1931. Cloverleaf provides the perfect golf getaway for all golfers. The course provides a sufficient challenge for seasoned golfers to have a good time, but also makes a great course for new golfers to learn the game.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza & Brewing Company boasts a large dining room, a lounge area with couches and oversized chairs, a 30 seat brew pub, and a 40 foot butcher block bar. In the brewing area, you will find an impressive display of the brew house and fermentation equipment. The 7bbl brew house and 8 vessel fermentation room can be viewed by visitors through glass panels. We bake our pizza creations in a Mugnaini wood burning pizza oven, for authentic Old World Italian baking.
Explore our menu at the Great Rivers Tap & Grill. Special menu items are hand crafted and made from scratch by our own Chef Kenny and his trained culinary staff. Food is served daily 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join us for Karaoke every Friday and Saturday hosted by Partytime DJ starting at 10:00 p.m. Open Friday & Saturday as late as 3:00 a.m. serving beverages. Grab a refreshing cocktail or sip one of our 16 carefully selected local, craft and domestic beers on tap.
Start off the winter Eagle Season at the Confluence Tower by watching the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art create amazing bald eagles using raw wood and their chainsaws. Luke Harris and Don Johnson, the duo that makes up Itchy Brothers, have over 30 years experience in chainsaw art. There will be pieces of finished wood sculptures available for sale. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
High Flyers is a neighborhood bar and grill serving a full menu of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, burgers, and steaks (including our famous Pepperloin kabab with garlic butter) and chicken.
Bald eagles aren't the only raptors that make the region their home. Find out what other raptors live in the area during a live meet and greet with raptors from TreeHouse Wildlife Center. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.
Watch an expert create an eagle ice sculpture from a block of ice. Chip Off the Block Ice Carvers will return to recreate a sparkling American bald eagle from a single block of ice. The sculpture will remain on display at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower until it melts. The Tower will open at 9:30 a.m. with the ice carving from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 21st year and will be held over the weekend of June 23-24, 2017, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2017 event will include a ghostly talk radio speaker's panel, planet weird traveling museum, haunted tours, ghost hunts, and much more! Join us in Alton and explore this historic and haunted region with our many weekend events, including your chance to hear lectures and workshops on ghosts and ghost hunting; listen to presentations on paranormal phenomena and investigating the unknown; take part in discussions and questions & answer periods; visit haunted locations; experience ghost tours, late-night investigations, and much more! Tickets on sale starting January 9, 2017! $50/guest for General Admission the entire weekend
For over 30 years, Rolling Hills has been providing an enjoyable golf experience and exceptional value for thousands of golfers. Family owned and operated, this 164 acre course facility offers an 18-hole Par 72 course and a 9-hole par 29 Executive course. Rolling Hills offers complete golf, food and beverage services throughout the day. Carts, clubs and practice balls are available for rent. Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.
The newly renovated Laux Brickhouse Grille is the place to be. Offering great local favorites, daily food specials, and icy cold drinks. Perfect for a casual dinner with the family or a date night. Laux Brickhouse will have your mouth watering the second you walk in the door. Open Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Recess Brewing is a Community Supported Brewery that is happy to call Edwardsville, Illinois home. The goal is simple. Provide delicious, locally crafted beer and educate the masses about how the magic happens. Our location on Main Street houses a 1500 square foot brewery and a 1100 square foot taproom which is open to everyone.
JMC Design offers a distinctive selection of local artisans works, fair trade merchandise and essential oils. Some of the items offered are pottery, wall art, jewelry, bird houses and so much more. Unique gifts for all ages. Hours of operation are Wednesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Designed around a winding creek and elevation changes, The Woodlands is known as a “shot-makers” paradise. Enjoy breathtaking views from the clubhouse which overlooks the 18th green. The banquet facility can seat 250 and is an ideal location for receptions, parties and more. The Red Barn, also on the golf course property, is available to rent for outdoor weddings.
Tour the animated Christmas boxes and lights, then visit the Lil Red Barn Museum for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Visit with Santa every Friday and Saturday, ride the Polar Express and enjoy 1800s Christmas at Hill's Fort.