Holiday events calendar
Christmas Card Lane
Nov 29-Dec 30. An outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life “cards” created by local artists and groups based on the theme “Holiday Season Around the World.” Hosted by the Decatur Area Arts Council. decaturarts.org. Downtown Decatur.
Holidays at the White House
Nov 29-Jan 6, 9am-5pm Mon-Sun. Featuring cards, documents and photos from Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Free with museum admission. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.
Franciscan Nativity Festival
Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 2-7pm Fri, 12-4pm Sat-Sun. Featuring more than 100 Nativity sets, many of which are new entries. Free. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Road, 523-0901.
The Handmades Sale
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2-7pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat. A holiday art show featuring local and regional artists. Organized by ArtHive 835. Free admission. arthive835.com. Casey’s Pub, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 241-7101.
Cranberry Christmas Craft Fair
Nov 30, Dec 1, 5-8pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Featuring 40 vendors offering handmade crafts for your home and those on your Christmas list. Free admission. 764-3505. Blue Mound Civic Center, 551 N. Lewis St., Blue Mound, 692-2777.
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights
Nov 30-Dec 2, 7-9, 14-16, 19-23, 28-30, 5-9pm. Behold the splendor of hundreds of colorful twinkling lights as you stroll through the pathways around the zoo. $7 adults, $5 ages 3-12, free to ages 2 and under. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Nov 30, Dec 1, 7-8:30pm Fri-Sat. Winter concert by the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus featuring “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Home for the Holidays” and other holiday favorites. $18 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. 553-3324. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Nov 30, Dec 1, 7pm Fri-Sat. A hilarious holiday dinner theater performance by Theatre 7. Directed by Kathy Zientara. $45. theatre7.net. The Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave., Decatur, 429-4200.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Nov 30, Dec 1-2, 7-9, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Play about Ebenezer Scrooge, who is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his past, present and future. $18, $20. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Annual Christmas Bazaar
Dec 1-2, 8:30am-3:30pm and 5-6pm Fri, 10:30am-12:30pm Sat. Featuring Christmas items, baked goods and more. St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 1020 N. Milton Ave., 522-8555.
Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk
Dec 1, 9am-1pm Sat. Featuring craft and gift booths, baked goods and more. Proceeds support missions of the women of the Sherman United Methodist Church. Free admission. Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E. Andrew Road, Sherman, 496-2338 ext 5.
Fresh Evergreen Wreath Making Workshops
Dec 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm Sat. Make your very own evergreen wreath. Greens with frame and wire included. Bring your own pruning shears and decorations. Preregistration. $30 residents and Botanical Garden members, $35 non. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Holiday Craft Sale
Dec 1, 9am-4pm Sat. Featuring handcrafted items, baked goods and more. jubileefarm.info. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927.
Youth Ministry Craft Festival
Dec 1, 9am-3pm Sat. Featuring a wide variety of handmade crafts, jewelry and more. oursaviors-church.org. 793-6433. Our Savior’s Church and School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-4531.
Holly Fair and Bake Sale
Dec 1, 10am-3pm Sat. Featuring gyros, Italian beef, vegetable soup, spinach pie, baklava and more. Free admission. stanthony.il.goarch.org. St. Anthony’s Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. Glenwood Ave., 522-7010.
Dec 1, 10am-1pm Sat. Free. Williamsville Community Center, 141 W. Main St., Williamsville, 566-3846.
Illinois Holiday History Super Saturday
Dec 1, 11am-3pm Sat. Learn how the holidays in Illinois have been celebrated through the years with crafts, games, and more. Free with museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-6044. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
Downtown Springfield Inc. Holiday Walks
Dec 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 5-8pm Wed, 12-5pm Sat. Featuring carolers, a 16-foot Christmas tree on the plaza, performers and more. downtownspringfield.org. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Dec 1, 12-4pm Sat. Families are welcome to work on one house together or purchase a house for every child or family member. $15 SAA members, $20 non. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Winter Holiday Floral Show
Dec 1-20, 12-4pm Mon-Fri, 12-5pm Sat-Sun. A stunning display of poinsettias, tropical plants and evergreens. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Bicentennial Holiday Tour
Dec 1, 1-4pm Sat. Visit with Civil War Santa, hear Christmas carols being played on the “Lincoln” piano, and take in the beauty of 19th century holiday décor in Springfield’s oldest home. Free. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Christmas in Petersburg
Dec 1, 1-4pm Sat. Featuring a historic downtown holiday market, a baked goods and craft fair, horse-drawn carriage rides, plus music, treats and more. Petersburg.
Dec 1, 2-4pm Sat. Featuring Santa visits, story time, crafts and cookies. Free. Auburn 104 Store, 614 W. Jackson St., Auburn, 438-3093.
Bells in Motion Concert
Dec 1, 7pm Sat. $12 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. First Congregational Church, 2100 Bates Ave., 546-7170.
Dec 2, 9:30-10:30am Sun. Listen to music as trees go up, greens are hung and lanterns are set in place to prepare for Christmas. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
Holiday Home Walk and Tea
Dec 2, 1-5pm Sun. Visit beautifully decorated homes. Sponsored by the International Pilot Club of Jacksonville. $15 in advance. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
Dec 4, 7pm Tue. Evan Tyrone Martin performs standards from the American Songbook and Christmas classics made famous by Nat King Cole. $30 adv, $35 day of. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Brown Bag Concert Series
Dec 5, 12, 19, 12:15-12:45pm Wed. Lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays during Advent featuring a variety of musical artists. BYO lunch or purchase one at the door for $5. Free admission. lincolnschurch.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.
Dana-Thomas House Holiday Walks
Dec 5, 12, 19, 5-8pm Wed. View the beautiful holiday decorations that fill one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most impressive works. Donations. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 782-6776.
Kidzeum Holiday Walk After Hours
Dec 5, 12, 19, 5:15-7:15pm Wed. Come wearing pajamas for a special storytime at 6pm and play in the museum after dark. Free with admission. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children's Museum, 412 East Adams St., 971-4435.
Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra
Dec 5, 7:30pm Wed. A Springfield Choral Society presentation under the direction of Marion van der Loo. $15. springfieldchoralsociety.org. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 815 S. Sixth St., 522-3342.
Dec 6, 5-7pm Thu. Free. Simply Fair, 2357 W. Monroe St., 679-0591.
Stained Glass Ornament Workshop
Dec 6, 5:30-8:30pm Thu. Learn stained glass basics to create a beautiful snowflake ornament to hang in a window on the tree. For adults 18+ only. $20 SAA members, $25 non. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Alternative Holiday Fair
Dec 7-8, 4-8pm Fri, 8am-2pm Sat. Featuring fair-trade items made by artisans in developing nations such as toys, jewelry, housewares, scarves, baskets, handbags, unique Christmas ornaments, a bake sale and more. First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Boulevard, 523-5212.
Annual Holiday Reception
Dec 7, 5:30-7:30pm Fri. Enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece filled with beautiful seasonal decorations plus live music, festive food and beverages. Reservations by Nov. 30. $30 for Foundation members and site volunteers; $35 per guest. dana-thomas.org. 788-9452. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 782-6776.
Dec 7, 14, 6-8pm Fri. See period-authentic 19th century Christmas decorations illuminated by candlelight and lamplight. Light refreshments served. Free. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 492-5929.
Dec 7, 6-8pm Fri. Featuring Santa visits and a magician. Free. Manners Park, Taylorville.
Dec 7, 7-11pm Fri. Featuring The Deep Hollow. Arlington’s, 210 Broadway, 679-6235.
Sidewalk Prophets Christmas Concert
Dec 7, 7-10pm Fri. Concert featuring traditional Christmas music, Christmas music by Sidewalk Prophets and other songs. $10. springfieldfirst.org. Springfield First United Methodist Church - Sanctuary, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, 793-9760.
Special Recreation Holiday Dance
Dec 7, 7-9pm Fri. For ages 7 and up. Semi-formal dress attire. Popcorn and drinks provided. Free. springfieldparks.org. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 585-2941.
Holiday Cookie Walk
Dec 8, 8am-12pm Sat. Featuring live entertainment plus holiday cookies and candies. 502-2595. Lutheran High School, 3500 W. Washington St., 546-6363.
Dec 8, 9-11am Sat. New Salem Facility of Alliance Community Bank, 14202 State Hwy 97, Petersburg, 632-2100.
Celebrate the Season with Kidzeum
Dec 8, 10am-5pm Sat. Featuring kids' fitness classes, including yoga, plus holiday activities and a new reading area. Free with admission. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children's Museum, 412 East Adams St., 971-4435.
Happy Holly Days
Dec 8, 10-11:30am Sat. Children ages 3-5 will have fun playing games, making a fun Christmas craft and making a yummy holiday treat. $27 residents, $37 non. 546-3970. Washington Park Pavilion Preschool, 1400 Williams Blvd, 544-1751.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Dec 8, 10am-3pm Sat. Featuring handmade items by vendors. Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, 585-9550.
Dec 8, 15, 10am-3pm Sat. Enjoy the beautiful sanctuary with its seven Tiffany windows and the Lincoln family pew. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.
Dec 8, 10am-2pm Sat. Meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Featuring complimentary pictures, balloon art, games, crafts and cookie decorating. Free. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., 726-6330.
Dec 8, 12-4pm Sat. Free. Magro’s Meat and Produce, 3150 Stanton Ave., 679-3161.
Dec 8-9, 2pm and 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun. Featuring elaborate scenery, colorful costumes, exquisite dancing and beautiful music. Presented by the Springfield Ballet Company. $17, $27, $37. springfieldballetco.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Victorian Christmas Tea
Dec 8, 11am-12:30pm Sat. Sing carols, share holiday stories and learn about 19th century holiday traditions and practices over tasty tea and delectable desserts. $25 SAA members, $30 non. springfieldart.org. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Printed Cards and Gift Wrap Workshop
Dec 8, 1-3pm Sat. Create a holiday print on a linoleum block that you can use to create a set of greeting cards or your own wrapping paper. For ages 12+. $20 SAA members; $25 non. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Photos with Santa
Dec 8-22, 5-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat-Sun. Meet and have photos taken with Santa. Free admission. No charge for photos taken with own camera; $5 for souvenir photo. springfieldparks.org. The Santa House by Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave. E., 753-0700.
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Dec 8, 5pm, 7pm Sat. A festive evening featuring dinner and live musical entertainment. $20 in advance. christiancountyhistorical.com. Christian County Historical Museum, near IL Routes 29 and 48 on Morrison Dr., Taylorville, 824-6922.
Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade
Dec 8, 5:30-6:30pm Sat. Parade starts at the Horace Mann parking lot on Washington Street and loops around the Old State Capitol to Monroe Street on Fifth and Sixth streets. Free. springfieldjaycees.net. Downtown Springfield, 617-7152.
1850s Carol Sing
Dec 8, 6-7pm Sat. Join Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for special music, worship and a carol sing. Free. lincolnschurch.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.
Tour of Homes
Dec 8, Sat. Mt. Pulaski, 792-5117.
Dec 9, 9 and 10:30am Sun. Featuring the combined New Life Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, OneVoice Youth Choir, K-6th grade children’s choirs and the Lincoln Land Community College Choir accompanied by a full orchestra. Free. springfieldfirst.org. Springfield First United Methodist Church - Sanctuary, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, 793-9760.
Advent Worship Celebration
Dec 9, 9:30-10:30am Sun. Learn why waiting, though hard, can be a time to stop and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
Dec 9, 9am-4pm Sun. Featuring live holiday entertainment, Santa, an old-fashioned cake walk, craft vendors and more. $4 adults, $2 ages 13-18, free to ages 13 and under. 816-3835. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
A Calvary Christmas
Dec 9, 4-5:15pm and 7-8:15pm Sun. A fun-filled night of Christmas music for all ages plus activities for kids and photo opportunities for all. Free. CalvarySpringfield.org. Calvary Church Hazel Dell Campus, 501 West Hazel Dell Road, 546-9700.
Caroling at the Carillon
Dec 9, 4-5pm Sun. Gather around a roaring bonfire and sing holiday carols accompanied by carillon bells. Free admission; includes refreshments. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
Dec 10, 5:30-7:30pm Mon. Featuring Santa visits, a balloon artist and a face painter. Free. Manners Park, Taylorville.
Winter Wonderland Story Time
Dec 11, 10-11am Tue. For preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Learn more about winter time with stories and a craft. Free with museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-6044. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
Dec 12, 7:30-9:30pm Wed. A new, touring production of Charles Schulz’s timeless story about the spirit of Christmas. $25-$59. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Curtis and Loretta Holiday Concert
Dec 13, 7-9pm Thu. A “Music at the Museum” concert featuring Curtis and Loretta, a husband-and-wife duo performing extraordinary harmonies on stringed instruments of all kinds. $10 adults; $8 museum members and children under 12. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 558-6696. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
The Polar Express Experience
Dec 14-16, 6pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, a viewing of The Polar Express and a visit with St. Nick and other The Polar Express characters. Pajamas encouraged. $10 at door. arleetheater.com. 691-7229. Arlee Theater, 139 S. Main St., Mason City, 482-9999.
29th Annual Cookie Walk
Dec 15, 8am-12pm Sat. Featuring dozens of homemade cookies and candy of countless varieties. Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., 546-4631.
Hope for the Holidays
Dec 15, 10am-12pm Sat. Featuring family photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread man decorating, a hot cocoa bar, crafts and more. Free. hope.vet. Hope Veterinary Care, 4337 Conestoga Dr., 503-4804.
Dec 15, 10am-12pm Sat. Free. Petefish, Skiles and Co. Bank, 121 N. Sixth St., Petersburg, 632-2247.
Historic Christmas Open House
Dec 15, 1-5pm Sat. Special tours telling how holiday celebrations grew and evolved during the 19th century plus face painting, cookie decorating, caroling, live music and other holiday traditions. Free. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 492-5929.
Winter Holiday Exhibition
Dec 15, 1:30pm Sat. Featuring holiday music interpreted by figure skaters. Public skate to follow. Hosted by the Springfield Figure Skating Club. 753-2800. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 525-2589.
Celebrate the Music
Dec 15, 3-5pm Sat. A festive holiday concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and the Jacksonville High School Concert Choir featuring a special appearance by Santa. $18. Illinois College Rammelkamp Chapel, 1101 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 245-3000.
ISO’s Holiday Pops in the Heartland
Dec 15, 7:30pm Sat. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs the soundtrack to the animated film adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ holiday classic, The Snowman. ilsymphony.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Advent Worship Celebration
Dec 16, 9:30-10:30am Sun. A discussion of gifts in honor of the third Sunday of Advent. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
Advent Family Fun Day
Dec 16, 3-5pm Sun. Make gifts, view a large train display, have photos taken with Santa, sing Christmas carols, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, bring gifts to be wrapped and more. Free. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
Children’s Christmas Musical
Dec 16, 4pm Sun. A musical titled Crazy, Busy, Peaceful Holy Night about a family running in every direction and potentially missing His peace in the middle of the crazy. Free. springfieldfirst.org. Springfield First United Methodist Church - Community Life Center, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, 793-9760.
We Need a Little Christmas
Dec 16, 4pm Sun. A concert by The Capital City Men’s Chorus. $10. 494-8859. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Ave. W., 525-1866.
Dec 16, 5-8pm Sun. See the exterior of the house lit with hundreds of luminarias and enjoy holiday decor provided by the Springfield Civic Garden Club. Donations. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 782-6776.
Dec 16, 5-7pm Sun. Featuring Santa visits and crafts. Free. Manners Park, Taylorville.
Dec 18, 5:30-7pm Tue. Free. Downtown YMCA, 701 S. Fourth St., 544-9846.
Tales from the Vault: Marshall Field’s Christmas
Dec 20, 12:30-1:30pm Thu. Learn about the Marshall Field’s holiday artifacts in the museum’s collection with Betsy Dollar, director of the Springfield Art Association, who worked at the store making ornaments in the 1970s. Free. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 558-6696. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 785-0037.
Dec 20, 5:30-7pm Thu. Free. Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.
Celtic Woman: Best of Christmas Symphony Tour
Dec 20, 7:30pm Thu. A captivating concert by multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman. $49-$99. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec 21, 7pm Fri. Film screening. $10 at door, $5 with a Kumler Food Pantry donation. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Old Capitol Holiday Farmers Market
Dec 22, 9am-1pm Sat. Shop a wide selection of fresh, local products and ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Managed by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Free admission. ilstewards.org. The State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., 528-5100.
Dec 22-23, 1-3pm Sat-Sun. Make a holiday craft then stay and play in the museum. Free with admission. kidzeum.org. Kidzeum of Health and Science Children’s Museum, 412 East Adams St., 971-4435.
Dec 22, 7pm Sat. Film screening. $10 at door, $5 with a Kumler Food Pantry donation. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Advent Worship Celebration
Dec 23, 9:30-10:30am Sun. A family and children-focused worship event in honor of the fourth Sunday of Advent. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
Dec 23, 6-7:30pm Sun. Live music featuring Christmas songs and more. Atterberry Community Baptist Church, 20808 Atterberry St., Petersburg, 652-8600.
Dec 23, 7pm Sun. Film screening. $10 at door, $5 with a Kumler Food Pantry donation. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Christmas Eve Services
Dec 24, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm Mon. Free. springfieldfirst.org. Springfield First United Methodist Church - Sanctuary, 2941 S. Koke Mill Road, 793-9760.
Christmas Eve Service
Dec 24, 5-6pm Mon. Receive the sacrament, celebrate an “open table,” sing carols, listen to the nativity story and consider how God is being born in our lives today. lincolnschurch.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Celebration
Dec 24, 7-8pm Mon. Worship plus a very meaningful candlelight service. chathampresbyterian.com. Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham, 483-4204.
First Night Springfield
Dec 31, 1-11:15pm Mon. Complimentary afternoon activities for kids at Springfield High School from 1-4pm. Ticketed shows feature evening music, dance and more at various downtown locations at night. Fireworks at 8pm. $18 advance, $20 day of. springfieldartsco.org. Various locations in downtown Springfield., 753-3519.
Service of Remembrance
Dec 31, 7pm Mon. mtpulaskiil.com. Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, 113 S. Washington St., Mount Pulaski, 792-3919.