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Outdoor ice skating; new refrigerated skating system; warming shelters available.
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.
Grab your skates and hit the ice any time of the year at this indoor ice arena. Didn't bring your skates? No problem. Rent a pair and take a few laps around the rink. It's the coolest place in town all year round!
Live performances of contemporary productions in unique, intimate, historic setting. This boutique venue is a star of the Chicago area theater scene.
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.
The Forest Preserve has one outdoor skating rink and warming shelter - open weekends.
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.
Take in all the energy and entertainment available through the abounding opportunities at Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center! Mundane does not exist within the vast array of choices distributed throughout this park. Treat yourself, family, friends, or colleagues to an interactive day at the park. Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center has something for everyone including eight batting cages, an eighteen hole miniature golf course, driving range, sand volleyball pit, archery range, basketball, bags sets, playground, picnic area and concessions.
The Ferguson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Highland Community College features, in the Fine Arts Theatre, a variety of programming including vocal and instrumental music concerts (Royal Scots, Big Band, Concert Band, Chorale), live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theatre program, a community performing arts theater. The Center is also home to the Highland Gallery, classrooms and studios. A seasonal listing of performances and exhibitions is available by calling the box office or visiting the website.
Indoor public skating and private lessons available. Call for hours.
A tradition for over 25 years. Thousands of hand-pruned, organically grown firs, spruces, and pines in 9 varieties. Free horse-drawn wagon rides & Santa on weekends. Pets welcome
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view! Features include: Santa visit, crafts, games, hot cocoa and cookies in the fieldhouse free for those who have paid the per car entrance fee. Don’t forget your camera! All proceeds will be directed to Mooseheart’s operation budget and provide for the high quality residential care and academic/vocational training that their children need.
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
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.
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
Chicagoland's longest-running lights festival is back and ready to dazzle families with more than one million LED lights. Brookfield Zoo's 35th annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer, offers guests 12 enchanted evenings to enjoy the lights, and so much more, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and the week of December 26-31. For more information and a complete schedule of Holiday Magic activities and entertainment, visit CZS.org/HolidayMagic or call 708.688.8000. Guests will also receive a schedule of events when they arrive.
Love chocolate? Taste of Chocolate is the event is for you! Enjoy dozens of homemade chocolate treats at The Grafton Winery from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Also enjoy the Holiday Riverwalk throughout Grafton! Shop local merchants for holiday specials. Register for a free overnight stay at Lucy Mae's and $100 gift certificate to Tara Point Inn & Cottages. Visit Santa from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Grove Memorial Park. Hot chocolate, sweet treats and Christmas Carolers all throughout Grafton.
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 15-30, (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 December 2nd - 4th, 2016. 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.
Deerfield will be celebrating the holidays with festive holiday activities for every age. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roasted chestnuts, carolers, warm treats, live animals and more. In addition Saturday will include the big man, Santa Claus to offer photo opportunities for children of all ages, holiday games, including dreidel games, petting zoo, pony rides, gingerbread house decorating and much more.
Chicago Premium Outlets is the largest outlet center in the Chicago market and ninth largest outdoor outlet mall in North America. With more than 140 designer and top brand-name outlets, the newly-expanded Chicago Premium Outlets® is being pegged by many as the market’s must-shop destination this holiday season. Holiday shoppers at Chicago Premium Outlets will find seasonal delights at every turn, like cozy warming lounges serving complimentary hot cocoa on select days and look for Santa to be strolling the promenades handing out goodies to children. Weekend Shopper Shuttle service from Union Station to Chicago Premium Outlets available. (Check their web site for more details.)
Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the community each Friday and Saturday beginning December 6.
All aboard! Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train. You’ll see Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa! And don’t miss the famous Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village! It all happens on 8 magical days in December. Admission is just $5 per person. Tasty concessions with seasonal favorites and drinks (non-alcoholic) available for purchase. Fridays: 5 - 8 pm. Saturdays: 2 - 6 pm. Sundays: 2 - 6 pm. Pre-purchase tickets online and avoid lines at the ticket window.
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
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 on the second Sunday of December. Enter Lehnertz Avenue via Sheridan Street, follow through Lehnertz Circle and exit via Ohio Street.
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.
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
Take pictures with Santa’s reindeer in Carbondale's Town Square, stop by the Polar Express Station (the Old Train Depot) for candy cane treats, and enjoy the Holiday Cookie Walk, where downtown businesses offer cookies and refreshments. The Lights Fantastic Parade kicks off at 6pm.
Celebrate the holidays at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Come see sparkling holiday lights and beautiful floral displays inside the warm tropical conservatory. Outdoor grounds are also decorated for the season.
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.
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as they celebrate this beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.
Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. Over a hundred local vendors with products like goats milk soaps, lotions, handmade jewelry to Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs and mugs and so much more. 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.
Step back in time a few years and enjoy clean, old-fashioned outdoor fun at Abbey Farms. Unique – no haunting themes, no electronic games, no gimmicks, just clean old-fashioned outdoor fun for everyone. Enjoy three seasons of fun; fresh produce in summer, Pumpkin Daze in fall and U-pick Christmas trees in winter. Shop their fresh bakery goods, cider donuts, and other seasonal delights. Looking for a unique venue for that special occasion? Visit their new rustic-chic barn, the Nagel Emporium.
A collection of what's old, some new, and every bit of custom and unique while keeping prices respectable and providing a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for shoppers. Chances are you might even run into the Two Hounds, beagles Annie & Cooper.
Cut your Christmas tree in a backwoods setting. We have many trees, including Norway, white spruce and blue spruce. Family owned and operated. Trees up to 23 feet tall.
Come and enjoy a hometown filled with pride. 4th of July events begin at 8am, including a pancake breakfast, 5K/fun run, a parade filled with antique tractors, bands and floats. Stop by the park for an art jam, photo photo show, talent show, food and much more. Stay the for the evening and join us at the park for professional entertainment and spectacular fireworks fired by International award winners Melrose Pyrotechnics.
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!
Sale of juried artist created work. Includes pottery. jewelry. textiles, ornaments. more. Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri.Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday.
Step out of the cold and into a winter wonderland filled with LEGO brick. Throughout the month of December, young brick fans are invited to play seasonal games and deck the halls with loads of brick-tastic holiday fun!
The Beth Fowler Dance Company will present its Annual production of "The Nutcracker". Many area families have made this magical production a part of their holiday tradition every year. With the beautiful dancing, costumes and stage sets, this favorite holiday classic will tell a story that will make everyone feel like a child at Christmas.
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What kinds of Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
One of Peoria’s biggest holiday traditions returns for the 32nd year - the East Peoria Festival of Lights! Enjoy your favorite light displays; from the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Starship Enterprise, this drive-through event is a holiday season must do!
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. He will be performing many of his career hits and as well as songs of the holiday. Tickets range from $49.50-$89.50.
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. For more information call (800) 258-6645. 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.
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.
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 28 years, Dancenter North's Nutcracker has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. Choose from 2 shows 1pm or 5pm.
During the yearly Julmarknad festival, the Swedish American Museum features a handicrafts fair with traditional Swedish food and entertainment. In addition, select Andersonville businesses join the fun with free music, refreshments and more. For a complete schedule of Julmarknad events at the Swedish American Museum, visit www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org.
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.
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
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.
The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramount production that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. This is the kind of production that has the Paramount creative team chomping at the bit. Bringing the underwater surroundings to life, creating the costumes that transform humans into creatures, developing a system that will allow mermaids to swim and arranging a score for the Paramount orchestra that will give audiences chills are exactly the challenges they thrive on. No matter your age, no matter your experience with the story, no matter if you believe in mermaids or not, when that curtain goes up, you will want to be in your seats to experience this production.
Make it a country Christmas this year and enjoy spirited renditions of cherished holiday classics with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang. Sing along or just sit back and listen to hot picking and heartfelt singing from Christmas standards and seasonal music with a country flair. If you see just one holiday show this year, make it Tinsel & Twang.
For the first time this holiday season, Santa’s Magical Trolley Express will have trolley rides through downtown Evanston, and then travel back to Santa’s North Pole workshop at Little Beans Café. The odyssey begins when the little ones board the trolley. They will be greeted by Mrs. Claus and the conductor, professional performers who know how to entertain kids, and build excitement as they journey north on their polar trek. Upon arrival at Santa’s North Pole abode—Little Beans Café—they will visit with old St. Nick, get a picture and let Santa know what they hope to find under the tree. Next comes cookies and cocoa with Mrs. Claus, some exciting Yuletide games with the elves and a special surprise.
Join in the fun of Christmas songs made famous across the decades. Michael Bruccoleri will make you smile with the likes of Elvis, Dean, as well as Sinatra. Mary Pfeifer brings you Karen Carpentar, Brenda Lee, a little Eartha Kitt and many more. Covering all of your Christmas favorites, their voices blend in beautiful harmonies as they sing pop, rock and soul.
Singer Burl Ives (a.k.a. Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this event every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities on Fridays, leading up to Christmas.
Are you a procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? Are you at your most productive when the stress of a quickly approaching holiday is giving you a little extra motivation? Then join us for our second night of Late Night Andersonville, just a little “late-er” than usual. On Friday, December 16 from 6-10pm, take advantage of 4 more hours of the same discounts from Late Night Andersonville, plus once again enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, and pictures with Santa.
From the infinite treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage comes Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas - a recreation of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the west of Ireland in the 1940s. Neighbors gather around the fireside for a night of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling from native Irish storyteller, Tomáseen Foley. There is magic in the air when the neighbors knock sparks off the flagstone floors with their dancing and the rafters sing with fiery traditional music. A wholesome Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Contact the Box Office for complete details on the tickets.
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
The Museum is decked out for the holidays; the trees have twinkle lights, Sam is dressed up, and of course the tree competition! During the month of December the Museum gets dressed up for the holidays. The Festival of Trees features a display of over 20 trees decorated by businesses and non-profit groups.The public can vote for their favorite tree by making a donation in jars in the lobby. The Midwest Museum of Natural History also has ‘special events’ happening weekly all December long!
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: free, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $26.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Safe House Animal Rescue. Over 20,000+ Easter Eggs. A Visit with the Easter Bunny. All eggs filled with Candy, toys, with a possibility of larger prizes. Raffle Baskets, Baked Goods. Hunt free for all, age divided. Lunch will also be provided for small fee. Hunt starts at Noon, Pictures with the Easter Bunny and kids crafts starts at 11am, Face Painting, Games, Cake Hop, Bake Sale all start following the Egg Hunt games cost $1 a game.
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Show. From the moment the curtain opens, you will find yourself singing right along with the BSC on such classics as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and many more.
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Enjoy two heart-warming stories based on true events on each date. The stories are "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Bells of Charlemont." See these local performance artists live on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, Christmas in the Park features horse drawn carriage rides, Little Toot Train rides, petting zoo, Santa Claus in the Santa House, lots of festive light displays and more!
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
Slip helplessly under the spell of this one-of-a-kind show as the Retro-Spect Band featuring the number one Lionel Richie tribute singer in America, David Graham, takes you right back to where you were when you first heard and felt the mega-hits of one of the greatest music writers of all time: Lionel Richie! From it’s energetic beginning, to pulse-pounding ballads, to making you dance “On the Ceiling,” and of course, the majestic “All Night Long”; The Lionel Richie Experience keeps you jumping, pumping and swooning as music and memories fill every corner of the night.
More Polish Pottery is the leading Midwest retailer for Ceramkia Artystyczna polish pottery stoneware. Guests can shop a vast selection of thousands of first quality pieces. Whether you just want to browse or shop, enjoy a unique shopping experience at this award-winning specialty shop. Visit during regular hours or schedule an appointment.
A holiday tradition in Metropolis, the Christmas Parade features bands, floats and Santa Claus. The parade kicks off at 1:30pm downtown. (Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 6th)
Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge! Show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, an open bar and a lavish buffet dinner. Dance the night away with a great band, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $389 inclusive, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
This two day inaugural event is a new Chris Kringle market based on the christkindlmarket model. The market will feature authentic German christkindlmarket vendor huts. We have a full schedule of events, going on thru out the two days. Beautiful Ice Sculptures will be on display. Unique vendors, and of course Santa. All along the beautifully decorated Washington Square Park. Schedule of events include Ice sculpting demonstration (2:30 — 4:30 on Sat.), Holiday Farmers Market on Saturday (8am to 4pm) 807 Building. Special Christmas brunch at The Lone Buffalo (Sunday). Market hours are Saturday 10 am to 9 pm Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Starting out as a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute to raise money for a local food pantry, Wizards of Winter have become a musical force of its own design. Simultaneously recalling a heyday of classical tinged rock that is park and parcel of older listeners' mythology and amping it up in an aggressive way that appeals to young rock fans. This is one show the whole family will enjoy together.
PNC Winterfest, Peoria’s newest holiday tradition is back and bigger than before! This 2nd annual event gives central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue! Bring your own skates or rent them from the skate shack. The skate shack carries skates from size 9 in juniors through 13 adults. Spectators can watch the action from a heated tent with seating and refreshments. PNC Winterfest will also feature Peoria’s only ice slide, a 100ft long, 6ft wide slide made of ice! Slide down on a disc, fun for all ages!
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families in this 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.
Visitors will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive at Montgomery City Hall on a fire truck! Enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa. See the brightly decorated Christmas trees and vote for your favorite. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring your camera! Trees will be on display on December 4 and will remain on display and voting through December 22.
The annual Holiday Festival of Lights has become a Stateline family tradition, with over 50 holiday-themed lighted displays. Santa will be spending time each weekend night (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) by the donation box from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, so you can hand deliver your letters to him through Monday, December 19, 2016. When Santa is not present at this location you may still drop your letter in the North Pole Express mailbox, which will be located by the Festival of Lights donation box. Don't forget a return address so Santa can reply! Admission is free; donations are accepted.
Participate in a traditional German Christmas with music, shopping and more. Carriage rides and visits with Sankt Nikolaus will be available. There will be a German carol sing at 3:00 p.m. in the Corner George Inn ballroom and a traditional carol sing and lighting of the village Weinachtsbaum at 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Whether you crave the old-time charms of a horse-drawn carriage ride and admiring beautiful window displays; appreciate the one-stop shopping available in the downtown district (aka Gift Central); or want a hip place to catch up with your friends during break, the 2016 Downtown District Holiday Walks will make all of your holiday wishes come true.
A new musical of this classic tale comes to life for children of all ages when Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer. When the Nutcracker comes to life, it’s a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. A special one-hour presentation for kids of all ages, featuring Tchaikovsky's beautiful dance music.
The Garfield Park Conservatory, considered the largest indoor conservatory of its kind in the country, showcases vibrant and festive flora with its annual holiday flower show. This year's exhibit, titled Sky Forest, evokes a walk through delicate wintry woods by highlighting snow-topped branches and towering fir trees. The free exhibit will run from November 24, 2016-January 8, 2017.
Bring the family out for Bass Pro Shop's Santa's Wonderland. Free daily activities, including games and crafts. Visit with Santa and receive a free photo, but don't forget the list. Games include a laser arcade, soft gun game, strike and hunt game, slot car racing and more. Each week will feature and new shape bandz. Don't miss this free event and look for great gift ideas while the kids are having fun. Also, don't miss the preview night when Santa arrives on the Tracker boat with giveaways and surprises. Please visit the website for a complete schedule.
The 32nd annual Rockton Christmas Walk events include the Candy Cane Craft Fair, Lighting of the Park, Lighted Parade, horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from Santa, and Christmas carolers. Many organizations provide events of their own which include a breakfast, craft show, musical concert, hot cocoa, and Christmas time sales at their business. See the website for a full schedule.
‘Tis the season for Christmas Tour of the Manor. Join us on December 15 from 5-8pm at Ewing Manor. Step into the past and enjoy the home Davis and Hazle Buck Ewing decorated for the holidays. Parking is located across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Cross the light on the corner of Towanda and Emerson.
The David Davis Mansion will be decorated in its Christmas finery. Visitors will get to experience holiday traditions that were popular during the period.
Historical building in downtown Shelbyville that has been restored. Original murals from Ford Motor Company line the walls. Coffee Shop, Ice cream Parlor and Gift Boutique with soups, sandwiches, and salads. Unique items for your home and unique clothing and jewelry. A specialty children's department and a book section. Coffee Shop, Ice cream Parlor and Gift Boutique with soups, sandwiches, and salads. Open 8a-5p Mon-Thur, 8a-9p Fri & Sat, 12-5p Sunday.
Oak Park's Marion Street, just south of the bustling downtown shopping district, decks its sidewalks with wreaths and colorful tinsel for the annual Winterfest. Catch a glimpse of St. Nick, enjoy festive and family-friendly live entertainment, indulge in complimentary holiday treats like hot chocolate and frosted cookies, and explore the area's charming gift shops.
Open 5-9pm nightly. 1.8 miles of Holiday Light Displays. Santa visits Dec. 9-10-11; Dec. 18-19-20 5:30-8:30pm. Included in admission evenings of Santa visits, are crafts, games, hot cocoa and cookies. Don't forget your camera. Admission is $10.00 per car. Gift Certificates available.
Cantigny Park’s popular LEGO® Train Show is a holiday tradition for many families. The show transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO® fans. Le Jardin, the Visitor Center’s restaurant and banquet room, is home to the primary LEGO® diorama where creative new elements are added each year. Secondary displays and a free craft activity occupy the building’s main gallery area and meeting room.
One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. The streets, steps, and sidewalks of Galena will be lined with nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries.
John Wood Mansion Candlelight Tours bring the holidays to the mansion each weekend in December. Free and open to the public, the Governor John Wood Mansion is decked out in decorations, with a variety of live performers each weekend from Dec. 3-17th. Held on Saturday evenings from 6-8pm and Sunday's from 1-3pm. For the entertainment schedule or more information contact the Historical Society at 217-222-1835.
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40’s sound-effects, actors bring us Capra’s unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George’s unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family. See website for exact dates and showtimes.
The Park District of Oak Park presents Winter Fest, a free family-friendly event at the expansive space of Taylor Park. Enjoy games in the snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasting s'mores around a campfire, festive tunes, sledding, rich hot chocolate, and more at this beloved annual event!
Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out anytime to shop for gifts, enjoy tours of the decorated Mansion, and relax with friends over lunch. New this year, the Showcase will feature an application process for our 20+ artisans and businesses, selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Tours of the historic Mansion will be held on the hour from 10am-3pm (no registration necessary) and a warm lunch buffet will be available at 11:30am or 1:30pm (with advanced ticket purchase). End the memorable day with a carriage ride around the Estate! There's a reason why this incredible estate is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, and there is not doubt it becomes even more wondrous during the holidays!