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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2Martha’s is a restaurant, an art gallery, a boutique and catered meeting venue for small events, meetings, receptions or family gatherings. Featuring homemade food, art, gifts and atmosphere. Their goal is to provide an elegant, yet home-like, venue for people to gather.
Artisan retail bake shop offering a variety of baked goods and wedding cakes. Open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
E.L. Flanagan's is where food, friends and fun come together. They have wings, appetizers, salads, sandwiches & wraps, pizza & pasta, soups & chili, steaks & chops, chicken & seafod and burgers and baskets.
Farmers Restaurant has been a 3rd generation family owned business since 2003. They specialize in ‘Famous Pressurized Fried Chicken’, ‘Grandma’s Homemade Cheesecake’, ‘Carrot Cake’, ‘Grandma’s Bread Pudding’ and many delicious pies and other desserts! Their carry-out menu features a choice of family meals at exceptional prices and their dine-in provides variety in our menu such as steaks, seafood, pastas or chicken dinners, and much more! All dine-in customers begin their meals with Farmer's freshly baked yeast rolls and sweet corn muffins. Farmers also serve varieties of salads, soups, chili, and sandwiches, and, of course, many desserts to choose from.
Buzzie's Again has a wonderful 50s-60s atmosphere, with great food and service, and is fun for the whole family.
Michael's Swiss Inn has a restaurant next door called Michael's, offering delicious food served in a wonderful atmosphere.
Cinco de Mayo's menu is full of Mexican dishes in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
Nuby's offers a great meal with excellent service and a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood, chicken and of course, steak! Relax with friends and family. Beer, wine, kids' menu.