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The annual Christkindl Market will be held in downtown Quincy's Washington Park. Visitors can shop in heated tents featuring booths from local merchants, authentic German food and drink, activities for youth, visits with Santa and much more!
Woodstock Opera House
Built in 1889 as City Hall, the Woodstock Opera House has long been one of the top performing arts centers in the Midwest. Its illustrious history also includes a cameo in Groundhog Day.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a gospel show; a parade; free concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Steel Beam Theatre
Live performances of contemporary productions in unique, intimate, historic setting. This boutique venue is a star of the Chicago area theater scene.
The Arcada Theatre
The Arcada Theatre is a historic theatre dedicated to being a true showcase of the Arts. Our main goal is to provide St. Charles, the Fox Valley Area, and the Chicagoland Area a wide variety of arts and entertainment. Conveniently located downtown in charming St. Charles.
U.S. Ice Sports Complex L.C.
An ice arena offering hockey leagues open skate and entertainment for all ages. The facility offers two rinks, a game room and concession area.
Elgin Park District
Outdoor ice skating; new refrigerated skating system; warming shelters available.
White Christmas The Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
Enjoy the lights of the season in beautiful Peterson Park with more than 50 magnificent light displays, many of which are animated. Definitely a site to see! Drive through at your leisure starting at 5pm. Over 15,000 visitors each year see this great display of holiday lights. Admission is free, donations accepted.
Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center
All types of family fun. Miniature golfing, driving range, batting cages, ice skating, in-line skating and archery.
The Bishop Hill Gallery
Located at ground level below The Gallery Inn, the Bishop Hill Gallery specializes in artwork and framing. As you enter the gallery, you will notice a great selection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War photographs and documents, as well as other artwork. You can purchase your art and have it framed by skilled crafts people in the same location.
A Christmas Survival Guide/Holiday Musical Revue
Laugh away your seasonal anxieties and join five young optimistic people on their hilarious journey to find the true essence of Christmas. Rated PG. Performances: Fri.-Sat.8pm; Sun. 2pm
CTA Holiday Train
Every year for the holidays, the Chicago Transit Authority decorates one of its trains, inside and out, with twinkling lights and festive decorations. As the holiday train pulls into each station, Santa waves to boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar while elves serenade riders between stops.
Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street
Visit our award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
Joy of Christmas Service
This beautiful Christmas service is one you won’t want to miss. It begins in Andover’s Augustana Lutheran Church and concludes by walking to candlelit Jenny Lind Chapel for communion. The service features special choral and instrumental music by Augustana College students and faculty. Refreshments follow the service at Augustana Church. Service begins at 7:30pm.
Byron Forest Preserve District (skating)
The Forest Preserve has one outdoor skating rink and warming shelter - open weekends.
Geneseo Christmas Walk
Geneseo’s spirit sparkles downtown with Christmas magic in the air. Each storefront window has family, friends and even animals depicting various scenes. Enjoy chestnuts roasting. Make memories for young and old. Join the Jingle Bell Run and other family activities during the afternoon and enjoy the lighted Christmas parade at 5PM. Watch for Santa. Hours: 8am to 9pm.
Robert Crown Center Skating Park
Indoor public skating and private lessons available. Call for hours.
Drury Inn & Suites
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
Fox Valley Ice Arena & Fitness Club
Year-round sports complex with 3 ice surfaces, full-service pro shop, full-service fitness club, and on-site restaurant. Also home of The Chicago Freeze Junior A Hockey Team.
Prairie Sky Orchard
Our small family-run business is celebrating over 20 years of bringing your family the delights of the autumn harvest. Apple picking is a great way to spend a crisp autumn day with friends and family. We planted our first 100 apple trees in 1996. Since then we have planted an additional 1900 trees.
The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday tradition woven with beautiful choreography, music and a special story. Set to the lovely score by Tchaikovsky, this two act ballet begins with a young girl named Clara who receives a special gift from Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Party. The nutcracker gift quickly becomes Clara’s favorite and soon transforms into a prince who invites her to join him on a special journey. The story continues through the snow, into the Land of Sweets where dancers from many lands entertain them. Is it all a dream? This will be the 15th time that the Kaiser Dance Theatre has brought the lovable ballet to local audiences. The first performance took place in 1985 and since then has become one of Quincy’s very own holiday traditions.
A Christmas Story - The Musical
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.” It’s a story filled with laughs, dreams, warmth and family. A story filled with a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a Snow Suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a Flag Pole. The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes you back to an easier time we often long for, but the message stays the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them. Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with the perfect feel-good musical for the season.
The Winter Wonderettes
The Winter Wonderettes takes audiences to Harper’s Hardware for their 1968 holiday party, hosted by the female singing group The Wonderettes. When Santa turns up missing, the ladies must use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “ Run Rudolph Run,” “Winter Wonderland” and 20 other seasonal favorites, to save the festivities. This energetic and entertaining show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
Taste of Chocolate & Holiday Riverwalk
Love chocolate? This event is for you! Enjoy dozens of homemade chocolate treats from businesses and residents of Grafton. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served, too!
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Long Grove's Holiday Festivities
Charming, historic downtown Long Grove is the destination for the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy a variety of family fun beginning Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve. Weekends enjoy caroling, Santa strolling around for photo ops, horse-drawn carriage rides and more! Plus, the Free Gift Program continues through December 24th. Long Grove will provide a free gift to customers that spend $150 in our shops and restaurants. Gifts available at the Visitor's Center.
A Carpenters' Christmas
Singer Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band are keeping the Carpenters' holiday tradition alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage.
A Sandwich Christmas / Festival of Trees
Christmas fun begins in Sandwich! On Saturday, tour Sandwich with the Sandwich Association of Merchants “Tour of Homes.” Stop by the Festival of Trees at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Holiday musical entertainment is scheduled at various times throughout this free festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. Also on Saturday, Secret Santa Shopping fun will be at the Sandwich Opera House. The Sandwich Old Mill Museum will be open to the public. Begin an evening of delight with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veterans Park and Railroad Streets. Enjoy a real carriage ride from Veterans Park. Take the trolley tour and participate in the decorating contest.
Deerfield's Annual Winter Celebration
The Village of Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, live animals and more. Local downtown businesses will have seasonal treats and activities. Music, hot cocoa and more.
The Second City: Holidazed & Confused Revue
Spend your holiday season with the funniest comedy crew in the country: Second City and their hilarious holiday show Holidazed and Confused. These guys are bringing their world-famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre from December 4 to 20 – and in a theatre this intimate, you’re up close and personal with all that Second City fun. Get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh with Second City.
Creations the Florist
Creations is a full service florist carrying a large selection of green and seasonal blooming plants, gift items, candles, snack and fruit baskets. Fresh cut and silk floral arrangements are available as well as the specialty of custom and theme designed arrangements. Creations is ready for all occasions and holidays. 8:30AM – 5PM Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – Noon Saturday
Sample scrumptious chocolate creations from renowned chocolatiers as they offer the latest and most decadent recipes. 11AM-2PM.
Christmas in the Village
Spend the day in downtown Cobden, where you can enjoy fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players, take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store, where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display, shop the Christmas Bazaars and watch the lighting of the village tree.
Luminary Night On Stephenson and Lincoln Streets
Enjoy the beauty of the soft light of luminaries and the architecture of these historic homes as you stroll this lovely residential neighborhood. Also, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard from West Street to Park Boulevard.
Elf, The Broadway Musical
One of the most loved holiday movies is now a full grown Broadway musical. Join Buddy the Elf in his larger than life quest from the North Pole to New York City to find his true identity. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is breaking box office records around the county, and arrives at the Marriott Theatre just in time for the holidays. Audiences from 8 to 80 will get wrapped up in this warm and funny new holiday classic.
2015 Annual Holiday Walk
Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer are just part of the magic of The Annual Holiday Walk. Enjoy winter on Madison Street!
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. See him live at the EPC at 7:30 p.m.
Olde Tyme Christmas and Living History
Decorations and period music accompany reenactments of what 18th century life was like at Fort Massac. The park staff and local historical re-enactors will welcome guests to the visitors' center and museum, which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. Hot spiced tea will warm visitors as they sample cookies baked in the authentic period bake oven.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window at the Effingham Performance Center
Take a journey with a small group of weary travelers on Christmas Eve to see how their interaction with seven youngsters changes their holiday spirit. See Three Chicks & A Stage perform this play Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Winterfest in Downtown Oak Park
Collect sweet treats at this signature holiday cookie walk on December 5th (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). Take photos with Saint Nicholas and enjoy a variety of family friendly entertainment acts.
Christmas at the Farm
Experience an old time Christmas with the kids. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and, naturally, the kids get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Read some holiday classics and enjoy fresh roasted chestnuts. Eight different hands-on holiday crafts will be available. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. For two Sundays: December 6 and December 13.
32nd Annual Pilot Club Holiday Home Walk & Tea Tour
Join us for glittering lights and trees and enchanting displays. Tour the beautifully (holiday) decorated homes. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at County Market, Family Gardens or from any Pilot Club member. Tea is being served at Knollwood Retirement Village. This event is open to the public and surrounding areas.
Scott Wattles Blue Suede Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
Join musicians, Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew at 7 p.m. as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock 'n Roll Christmas show.
Christmas Home Tours
Visit Historic Golconda and tour 4 homes, a church and the local museum. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30 pm with refreshments and, at 6:00, a live Nativity Scene and caroling around a huge bonfire on the Court House lawn in downtown Golconda, Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:30.
Memorial Day Service
An elaborate service, consists of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, lowering of the flag, Invocation, Civil War Re-enactors, guest speakers, laying of the wreath, benediction, rifle and canon salute and taps.
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and classical catalog. See them live at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Holiday Happenings in Downtown Tinley
Holiday celebration inside a large heated tent featuring entertainment, tasty treats, gift vendors, kid's crafts, carriage rides, children's rides, ice carving, visit with Santa and more.
Light Up McFerren Park
Come drive the mile long loop at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, IL and experience an unforgettable light display. Tens of thousands of lights and dozens of displays will guarantee a night you won't soon forget. The McFerren Park lights will be on every evening from sundown to 11:00 PM starting November 28 to January 3.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill
Historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's "Bunker Hill Historic Area" will be lit for the occasion and decorated for the holidays. Continuing throughout the holiday season, the lights will be displayed weekends from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Ellwood House Holiday Traditions Tours
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. Every November, the Ellwood Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-29, (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving) our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. See our VISIT page for hours and information. At the end of our touring season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend. Visitors may purchase tickets in the Visitor Center (or online) and present their tickets at the front door of the mansion. Upon entering the decorated mansion, volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Hobnob Holiday Market
A pop-up style vintage & handmade market...not your Grandma's antique show! Kick the holiday season off with an evening under the twinkle lights at the Making Merry Party on Friday, December 4th. Enjoy early-bird shopping plus fun prizes, live music, and a cash bar. Ticket are available online for $15.00. Market day will be held Saturday,December 5th with fabulous vintage finds and wonderful handmades ready for the choosing. $5.00 per person at the door - bring your pals and make it a day!
Home for the Holidays
Visit historic Elsah during the holiday season and take a tour of historic homes, the village museum, churches and bed and breakfasts. There is also an option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage or decorated wagon with a team of horses. Ticket price includes a horse-drawn carriage ride. Lunch is available and will be served in Farley's Hall for an additional charge. Advance tickets are $15 per person. Event day tickets are $18 per person. Ticket prices do not include food. For more information visit historicelsah.org. Tickets are limited. All proceeds benefit the Historic Elsah Foundation.
A Well-Strung Christmas at Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Well-Strung, a string quartet features classical musicians who put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Rihanna, Adele, Vivaldi, and more! Well-Strung performed in Batavia during the 2nd season, and is the most requested group to make a return appearance on the Batavia Fine Arts Centre stage.
Darlene Love at the Genesee Theatre
Get ready for an unforgettable concert experience full of brilliant music and mesmerizing entertainment. Named one the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love brings Love for the Holidays featuring “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a song she performs annually.
Holiday House at Magnolia Manor
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Manor is adorned in Holiday decorations and many of the displays are for sale. Luncheon reservations are available, as well as tours of the 14 room mansion by members of the Historical Society.
Holiday in the Grove
Enjoy Christmas in the Grove this year! Children's Holiday Shop, sleigh rides, tree lighting, caroling, crafts, breakfast and photo op with Santa and cookies with Mrs. Claus. Children's Free Raffle basket returns with goodies for all ages!
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the Tradition. Chicagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling LED lights, ice carvings, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree. Holiday Magic is from 12/5-12/6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-31. Regular parking and admission fees apply.
NYE Fireworks Dinner Cruise – Odyssey
Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit http://www.odysseycruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/new-years-eve-fireworks-dinner
Chicago December Holiday Cruises - Spirit of Chicago
This December get into the Holiday Spirit! Celebrate the season with a Spirit of Chicago Holiday Cruise. These special holiday events feature buffet dining, engaging DJ entertainment for dancing and dazzling views from the water. See website for Cruise options.
The Egyptian Theatre Presents: Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre. Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.
Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas Exhibit
Decorated in vintage Christmas, including Gurley Candles, rotating metal Black Forest Green tree. A nostalgic look at Christmas Past. Call or check website to verify dates. By appointment; call about regular hours.
Visitors Center Holiday Gift Expo
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products ranging from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more are featured. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. Open: 8 am - 7 pm seven days a week.
Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
Sparklers Cheer Team hosts a craft and vendor fair for unique holiday shopping. Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Miche, Homemade Jewelry and Crafts, baked goods, split the pot raffle and items to be raffled off and much much more.
Christmas at the Brewery
Annual family friendly holiday celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides through quaint downtown Flossmoor, and visits with Santa for the children. 4-8PM.
Chicago Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise - Spirit of Chicago
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? For the perfect way to enjoy Chicago with your sweetheart, come aboard Spirit for a special Valentine’s Day Cruise. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a night on the water with the city as your backdrop. With a beautiful setting, delicious dinner and dancing, this cruise is Cupid approved! Now get sailing, you lovebirds.
Winter Wonderland Festival
Enjoy a horse & carriage ride through the Festival of Lights, great food, shopping, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts, a present for every child and so much more.
Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House
Get into the holiday spirit at the Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House. The mansion will be festively decorated for all to see! The weekend will include tours of the mansion, live music, horse and carriage rides and decor from preferred business owners. Bring your last minute shopping list!
It's a Wonderful Life with Zuzu at the Genesee Theatre
Get in the spirit with a screening of America's favorite Holiday Classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" with a special live appearance, Q&A, and stories from Zuzu herself, Karolyn Grimes. Her sparkling personality and her couragious story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.
Frozemont at MB Financial Park
Winter fun in Rosemont! Complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games and more. Free holiday fun for the whole family!
Easter in the Country
The 35th Annual Easter in the Country will be held at Sandwich schools south of Route 34 on Wells, Lions & Dayton Street. Stop by Sandwich to see beautiful crafts such as painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, hair bows, porcelain flowers and handmade baskets. Shuttle service will be provided to each location, no strollers allowed. The $3.00 admission fee benefits the Sandwich School Music Association.
Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner - Mystic Blue
Ring in 2016 with the hottest New Year's Eve celebration on the water! It's all happening aboard Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. With the tastiest treats, a platinum open bar package, a champagne toast at midnight, the best views of Chicago's amazing skyline and a fireworks show from Navy Pier (weather permitting), there's no place else you'll want to be when you say farewell to 2015. The night will end with a half-hour dockside party on our cool and contemporary decks. Trust us, you don't want to miss this! New Year's Eve aboard Mystic Blue will be unforgettable.
Oh Ho Ho Holy Night
An original Christmas comedy musical, featuring songs from some of your favorite Christmas carols. F-Sa 7:30PM; Su 2PM.
Palos Park Holiday Market
We are welcoming in the Holiday Season with the arrival of Santa, the Annual Tree Lighting and holiday vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9PM.
Wonderland Express is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! New this year: A focus on landmark history, plus the Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon, Glencoe's Writers' Theater, Chicago "El" trains, and both Spike and Alice the Amorphophallus join Wonderland Express! Join Landmark Illinois' Bonnie McDonald for narrated tours of the history and architecture of Chicago's landmarks. Kids' tours, too!
Lehnertz Avenue Christmas Display
This drive-through is where neighborhood residents display a part of the original Christmas story includes lights, sound and all the biblical characters: wise men, camels, shepherds, sheep and manger scene. Peanuts characters with Charlie Brown follow on Lehnertz Circle. All lighted and all free! (Lehnertz is recognized as the oldest, totally free traditional Christmas display in Illinois.) Crib Blessing scheduled 6:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
The Buckinghams' The Joy of Christmas Live at the Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents legendary band, The Buckinghams, in an unforgettable evening, “The Joy of Christmas.” Combining classic rock hits with beloved holiday songs, the Chicago natives present an evening of entertainment guaranteed to delight! You’ll hear your rock favorites “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” “Don’t You Care,” and more. The brass-infused rock recreates brilliant holiday memories as you’ll want to sing along with the band to “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock.” We dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock. It’s the perfect gift for loved ones, and a great way to entertain family visiting during the holidays. Take the night off and amp up your Christmas spirit with us the last Saturday before Santa shows up. Tickets are on sale now!
Swedish Historical Society - Lucia Concert
Rockford's Swedish Historical Society will be celebrating their annual Christmas tradition of Lucia at First Lutheran Church. A choir of children singing Swedish and English traditional songs will warm your heart and start off the Christmas season with joy.
PNC Winterfest at the Peoria Civic Center
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition, is coming to downtown Peoria on November 27th. This 39-day event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will feature a real ice rink will be ready for you to skate in any type of weather.
The Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s annual production of the Nutcracker continues to delight audiences of all ages. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, with the help of an enchanting toymaker, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with grand sets and vibrant costumes, this Nutcracker is not to be missed. Friday, Saturday and Sunday showings only.
East Peoria Festival of Lights
East Peoria presents the 32nd annual Festival of Lights, a festival of electrical lighting displays that help spread the holiday cheer. The festival includes a parade on November 19th and a Winter Wonderland drive thru at Veteran's park that runs Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights in their warmth of their vehicles.
Champaign Urbana Ballet presents The Nutcracker
It's 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.
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker
The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara'a dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists. For over 20 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
An Irish Christmas at the Virginia Theatre
As seen on PBS, An Irish Christmas brings just about everything to the table! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, Christmas carol singing, and great storytelling – all led by an award-winning cast of Irish dancers in a night that sparkles with life and a bit
Santa Cause 5K
The Santa Cause 5K race will be a family friendly event for all ages; a great activity for the whole family to participate in during the holiday season. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa. For our inaugural event, we are partnering with the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation and bringing the route into the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. In addition, all extra proceeds will benefit “Dazzle Downtown,” providing funds for festive lights and decor for the warehouse district.
Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of a holiday wonderland filled with an assortment of delightfully and uniquely decorated trees. Stroll leisurely through the extraordinary holiday trees represented and decorated by local businesses. The Festival includes holiday musical entertainment by local church choirs, school groups and community musical groups scheduled at various times throughout the festival. Be sure to visit the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Home Business Showcase located in the convention center for a perfect holiday shopping opportunity. This special community event is sponsored by the Sandwich Park District in cooperation with Timber Creek Inn and Suites. Free admission.
Christmas Village Craft Fair
The Christmas Village Craft Fair includes 22 vendors from around the country selling Christmas crafts and unique gifts. Lunch will be available both days in a cafe with food made entirely from scratch. Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible.
Danville Symphony Orchestra "The Nutcracker"
Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Grandfather Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King in a fantastic dream where toys come to life. Bring the entire family to celebrate this holiday season with a fully staged performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, accompanied by the full Danville Symphony Orchestra. The DSO welcomes Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet back for one matinee performance of this classic holiday tradition.
The legendary Plaids, an all-male vocal quartet, come back to earth to spread yuletide joy with the greatest Holiday hits of the ages. Performing every Fri. Sat. and Sun, 11.20 thru December 27.
Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet heart or just your sweet tooth to Discover Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk. Enjoy the best of our downtown shops while sampling a vast array of fine chocolate desserts. Enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate donuts, chocolate dipped mini cones and much more! Shopping doesn’t get much sweeter than this! The Chocolate Walk will begin at Blumen Gardens at 5pm. You will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing all participating businesses. Stop at each location and get your card signed when you taste a chocolaty treat. Be sure to make as many stops on the walk as you can – when your card is full – drop your card off with your name and phone number into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. We are featuring several wonderful raffle baskets this year.
103.5 Jingle Ball
Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30 PM come out and see this great show with an amazing lineup! The performers include Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Fifth Harmony, Conrad Sewell & DNCE. You can purchase tickets online or listen for a chance to win.
WWE Live Holiday Tour
WWE Returns to Chicago for the Final Time This Year With the WWE Live Holiday Tour! Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match. 6 Man Tables Match plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: The Big Show, Cesaro, Stardust, The Divas and many more! Card is subject to change WWE Tickets Make a Great Holiday Gift!