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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 10:50 pm

Holiday highlights

Some of the events celebrating the season in the Springfield area

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Untitled Document Christmas at Dana-Thomas House Through Dec. 30. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is decked out for the holiday and open for tours. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (www.dana-thomas.org)
Santa House Dec. 20-23. Santa visits Springfield to give out candy canes and greet children. Santa House, 1415 North Grand Ave. (www.springfieldparks.org)
Holiday Lights at the Zoo Dec. 20-22. The zoo is decorated for the holidays, and patrons can view the animals and thousands of lights. Henson Robinson Zoo, East Lake Drive (www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)
A Christmas Carol — 1940s Radio Play
Dec. 21-23. A live re-creation of a 1940s Christmas radio broadcast of the Charles Dickens classic presented by Gordon Productions. Starring Don Schneider as Scrooge. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
Dana-Thomas House Evening Holiday Tours Dec. 22. View the house in the evening decorated for the holiday season. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217-782-6776)
Winter Solstice Quiet Day Dec. 22. Observe the winter solstice and spend a day of quiet and reflection at the Jubilee Farm. Pre-registration is required. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd., New Berlin (www.springfieldop.org)
Downtown Springfield Old Capitol Holiday Walk Dec. 22. Walk around downtown and visit the area’s shops. Trolley rides and music performers liven up the streets. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
Luminaria Sunday Dec. 23. Susan Lawrence Dana’s historic home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features a candlelit tour with 1,000 candles lining ledges and walkways throughout the house. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217-782-6776)
Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance Dec. 23. Hear the history, function, and story of the discovery of Woodhenge and watch the ancient sun calendar in use. Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com)
Holiday Interfaith Breakfast Dec. 25. A full breakfast for individuals to stop in before or after church on Christmas morning. All welcome. Proceeds benefit Camp-Care-A-Lot. Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St. (217-525-1360)
Holiday Lights at the Zoo Dec. 26-28. The zoo is decorated for the holidays, and patrons can view the animals and thousands of lights. Henson Robinson Zoo, East Lake Drive (www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)
Children’s Story Hour Day Dec. 27. The former owner of the Dana-Thomas House, Susan Lawrence Dana, often invited children for story time, and now the home recreates the scene with three story hours throughout the day. Reservations required. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217-782-6776)
Burning Bowl Dec. 31. Set fire to outdated and unneeded beliefs, thoughts, and habits. Start the year with a clean slate at the annual New Year’s Eve burning bowl ritual. Unity of Springfield, 417 Cordelia (www.unityofspringfield.com)
“New Years in Vegas” Dinner and Ballroom Dance Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year with a prime rib dinner, favors, champagne toast, and dancing to Kevin Turner Trio. Reservations required. American Center, 1501 E. Griffiths Ave. (217-529-9421)
New Year’s Eve Dance Dec. 31. Bobby Remack Band ushers in the New Year with a dance, food, party favors, and a champagne toast. For reservations, call the phone number. VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd. (217-546-9515)
First Night Springfield Dec. 31. A family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts featuring performances from musicians, artists, poets, actors, dancers, and a fireworks finale at midnight. Downtown Springfield (www.springfieldartsco.org)
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