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The Christkindlmarket is a four-week, open-air market modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. The market offers shopping opportunities and serves as a winter wonderland meeting place for family and friends. Plus, enjoy German delicacies like brats, goulash and potato pancakes while you’re there.
Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light
Christmas Around the World began in 1942 as a United Nations Day salute to American allies during the war, is now in its 70th year. The exhibit features more than 60 dazzling trees and displays that are decorated by members of Chicago's ethnic communities to reflect holiday customs from around the world. Holidays of Light showcases various global holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Festivities include ethnic dancing and singing, storytellers, and school choir performances.
Metropolis, Home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June each year celebrating the 'Man of Steel'. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book & artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincolns celebrated he holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 8am to 4pm.
Festival of the Horse & Drum
Festival of the Horse & Drum is an equestrian festival with a diverse and exciting twist. American Indian Pow-Wow, Horsemen of Spain, Portugal & Mexico, Tanner & Glaze. Equestrian games, Equine abilities expo & more.
CITY: St. Charles
Blessing of the Bikes
Thousands of motorcyclists travel to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace located just outside of Alto Pass, about 10 miles south of Murphysboro on IL-127.
CITY: Alto Pass
Gem & Mineral Show
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
17th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show
Located along the banks of the Fox River, this juried art show features 100 fine artists, live music, demonstrations and artists’ awards.
CITY: St. Charles
The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market you have come to know and love. Open November 28-December 14 from Thursday-Sunday and December 18-24 every day.
CITY: Oak Brook
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. The showings are on: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm December 7, 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Galesburg Railroad Days
The 38th annual celebration of railroad history in downtown Galesburg. This event returns to Main Street. It marks the 160th year of the Railroad in Galesburg. Come by auto via I-74 or by rail via Amtrak. Galesburg is the gateway to the west and leading Amtrak Depot on the corridor to Quincy.
Great River Eagle Days
To celebrate the return of our National bird, the great Bald Eagle, the Standing Bear Council, the US Army Corp of Engineers and the Quincy Area CVB host Great River Eagle Days at the Oakley Lindsay Center and Lock & Dam 21 for viewing. The public is invited to the free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
CITY: Alto Pass
The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet
Don’t miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition of the Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. You can also participate in the Chocolate Walk, located at the Steeple Building, where you can choose from a variety of chocolate delicacies.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October.
Kick off the holiday season in Effingham as the community celebrates a Hometown Christmas on Saturday, November 29th in downtown Effingham. The event is sponsored by The Effingham Central Business Group, the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Welcome Santa to town at 4 p.m. as he travels down Jefferson Street arriving on the west side of the Courthouse square lawn. Santa will then make his way to his house to greet and hand out treats to all of the children who come to visit him. Carolers will be filling the air with your favorite Christmas songs throughout the evening. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown area, along with children’s activities and other goodies. Santa will continue making visits to the Courthouse location throughout the holiday season. And be sure to stop by the Effingham CVB's tent in the downtown area to get some free Effingham souvenirs and register to win a great family-friendly Effingham basket! Stick around downtown for the official lighting of the City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree by Santa and Mayor Gillenwater at 6:30 p.m. We’ll countdown and watch downtown become a beautiful winter wonderland! Take a trip back in time reliving the history of Effingham County with a tour of the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The 143 year old courthouse captures the past, present and future of our county’s history. Come in and share your family’s story with the staff. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and admission is free to the public.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Mary Poppins
Enormous dance numbers on the ground and the roof tops. Statues coming to life, giant orchestrations for such iconic songs as “Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” And of course, a few Mary Poppins magical moments that will leave you flying high. Celebrate the holidays with the ones you love at Paramount’s Mary Poppins! A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers & the Walt Disney Film. Rated G
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. This year's Southern Illinois Irish Festival will be hosted by Walkers Bluff. This new venue provides a picturesque location just northwest of Carterville, Illinois.
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva
Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show, featuring the elite members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Enjoy an unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.
Celebrate the winter holidays in the traditional way. Holiday decorations, gifts, games, and historic reenactments come alive in our reproduction log cabins.
CITY: South Holland
2014 Christkindl Holiday Festival
Come to downtown Barrington for the annual Christkindl Festival. This is an open-air event during the holiday season featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families and kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, Gingerbread House competition and even Santa's house. Please visit the website for a complete list of entertainment.
Port Clinton Art Festival
Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most successful juried art festivals and attracts more than 250,000 art enthusiasts from places near and far. More than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with renowned creativity. Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival.
CITY: Highland Park
Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
Come visit the Quad Cities during its annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend. While many local residents take advantage of this annual promotion, it is also a great time to explore the Quad Cities as a visitor. Enjoy discounts on lodging, attractions, dining and shopping during the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Go online to take advantage of the discounts or pick up a coupon booklet at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor center - Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office Exhibit
Visitors will be transported through presidential history, from photos made when the first official presidential photographer was hired in 1963, to today’s unprecedented coverage of Barack Obama. This exhibit will showcase the power of the still image as a tool for understanding 50 years of president's history. Assembled by three-time Emmy Award-winner John Bredar, this exhibition features works by veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Bob McNeely (Bill Clinton), Eric Draper (George W. Bush), Pete Souza (Barack Obama) and many more.
Charlie's Center for the Arts-All of the Arts-All over Town
This event is truly All of the Arts, All over Town. The entire city will be transformed into an Arts Center featuring a major Art Show, music, live theater, and more from some of the best local, regional and national performing and visual artists.
CITY: St. Charles
Hatch: A Creative Re-Use Art Festival
What happens when you mix artists with unwanted materials destined for the landfill? You get Hatch, a Creative Re-Use Art Festival from the I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign, a marketplace of ideas from recycled materials. In its third year, the event will kick off with a “Trashion” Show, where designers use only recycled materials to make the latest in fashion. An exhibit filled with inspired, recycled pieces follows and concludes with an art fair where you can purchase the artwork that you just can’t live without.
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
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.
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
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
Folk Life Festival
Join us for our Annual Folk Life Festival! Stroll the beautiful grounds of the Quincy Museum and enjoy a variety of demonstrators, crafters and activities for children. Bring your appetite for our famous Buffalo Sandwiches, our Bake Sale booth and delicious caramel apples and old fashioned bottled soda. 1601 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 (217)224-7669 thequincymuseum.com
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
A Martin Luther King celebration, speakers, entertainment, luncheon provided, public welcome.
CITY: South Holland
Smoke & Mystery Tour
The largest touring illusion show in the U.S., Nelson Illusions is one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare and original illusions from around the world with award-winning, jaw-dropping magic. Featuring four Master Magicians with varying styles, the show is an entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, and comedy. A show of wonders that even some audience members are invited to share in on stage. Bring the kiddos out to explore the wonderful world of magic and maybe even learn a little magic yourself! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and this magical event will start at 8 p.m.
A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are best friends who just happen to be fish, and they are about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Ultimately they find the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with original music ranging from Swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Doors will swing open at 1 p.m. and dive in for the show to begin at 2 p.m.
My Heart in a Suitcase
ArtsPower's presentation of My Heart in a Suitcase is a dramatic adaptation of Anne Lehmann Fox's courages autobiographical account. Forced to leave her family in order to escape 1938 Nazi-controlled Germany, Anne struggles to bring meaning to a world filled with violence and hatred, and must learn to rely on her own courage and the generosity of others to survive. My Heart in a Suitcase is a gripping, poignant and dramatic tribute to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit to triumph over unimaginable hardship. This show is great for children in 4th to 8th grade. It not only teaches them about a world wide lesson, but also shows them how to treat one another. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show will start at 10 a.m.
Charlie's Center for the Arts
The "Charlie's event will run from Friday, March 6th thru Sunday, March 8th. Multiple venues all over St. Charles will feature outstanding students performing and visual artists. More information is available at stcharlesartscouncil.org
CITY: St. Charles
Holiday Vignettes at the Mansion
Tour the Hegeler Carus Mansion with the maid and visit with the Hegeler family & their friends in period dress as each room will give you a different peek into the Victorian Holidays. The halls are decorated for the occasion. Tickets include a 1 hour tour with a festive beverage from the wine cellar & holiday cookies. Tours will begin at 6pm and every 15 minutes after.