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December 2017 Community Calendar

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November 30, December 1-3, 7-10, 14 - 17, 19-23, 26-30
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights (5:00 - 9:00pm; The Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Drive, SPRINGFIELD)

  • The Springfield Park District will host it’s annual Holiday Light event at the Henson Robinson Zoo – but this year has a NEW twist! We have partnered with a National holiday décor company called Winterland, Inc. to bring the community an improved spectacular light show at the Zoo!
  • The event will be spread throughout the Zoo grounds and consists of a walking tour set to Cool 93.9 Holiday Music, thousands of twinkling lights and animated LED light displays!
  • You’ll want to stroll down “candy cane lane” and purchase gourmet hot cocoa and sweet holiday treats from the Fields of Sweets food truck. Grab the family and gather at our GIANT Teddy Bear photo booth for all your holiday pics! Come see the Zoo critters as they enjoy the lights too; red wolves, eagles, barnyard animals, cougars, African Painted Dogs, birds of prey and many others are all out on the grounds still this time of year!
  • There will be bonus features scheduled for certain dates over the weekends, so you will want to keep an eye on our schedule for all the extras! We will have Caroling at the Amphitheater on Saturday, December 9th as well as an Ice Sculptor who will carve a giant 300 lb. ice block into a penguin on that same night!
  • We have planned horse drawn carriage rides for only $2 a ticket with a paid admission to Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights on Dec. 23rd and Dec. 28th with Red Gate Farms. Bring the kiddos out to see Santa December 19th – 23rd. So much fun still to come – so keep watching our Website for more details!
  • Admission is $7 for Adults; $5 for Kids (ages 3-12); Children 2 and under FREE
  • **This event is weather permitting should we get any freezing rain or deep snow, so check out our Facebook page or call if we have inclement weather.**


December 1, 2
The Handmades Sale (4:00 - 9:00pm, 10:00am - 5:00pm; 2200 S Meadowbrook Rd, SPRINGFIELD) pottery, textiles, metalworks, paintings, jewelry, glass, etc.

December 1
K of C Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad.
Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at www.kofc3914.com
Future Dates: Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

November 25 - December 23
Downtown Holiday Walks (5:00pm - 8:00pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Saturdays and Wednesday evenings from 5-8 from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23. Support Springfield's economy by gift giving from downtown's sweetly curated and one-of-a-kind shops. Plus Santa, horse-drawn carriage, History Comes Alive and more. More information at downtownspringfield.org.
Downtown retailers are staying open on Sundays too during the 2017 Old Capitol Holiday Walks. At least a dozen are opening their businesses from 11 am – 3 pm on Sundays, in addition to Wed evenings from 5-8 pm and Saturdays from noon to 6 pm. Some of the participating businesses include: Sixth Street & Washington - Wild Rose | Urban Sassafras | Willow & Birch | Adams Street near Café Moxo - The Toy Shop POPup | The Elf Shelf | Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk | Adams Street near 7th - Recycled Records | 5th Street | Springfield Vintage | Monroe Street - Daisy Jane’s | Sixth Street near Monroe - Murphy’s Loft | The Roost

December 1
The King's Brass (7:00pm; St. John's Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children under 12. You may purchase tickets by calling the church at 217-793-3933. Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King's Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as "superb in every way" and "innovative and well played." "Truly, an unforgettable experience!" The King’s Brass, formed three decades ago, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country, who desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group plays over 120 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations. The King’s Brass’ most recent recording is titled HOPE. This CD, released on the Summit Records label (www.summitrecords.com), features the group’s flugelhorns and low brass, along with special guest the Men of The Chapel and Aire Born Strings.

December 1
Motown Themed Canvas + Cocktails (7:00 - 9:30pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Help to raise money for the African American History Museum at this Motown themed Canvas + Cocktails. More information about the museum, visit https://spiaahm.org/.
Bring a bottle of wine, cheeses, and desserts with you to savor while making art in the studio! SAA will provide all art supplies.
Must register before the night of event. Register online at https://www.springfieldart.org/canvas--cocktails.html or by calling the SAA Office at 217-523-2631 to reserve a spot and pay at the door. Due to the fundraising nature of this event, all members & non-members will be charged $35. Seating is limited to 60 people, register to save your seat!

December 1
Soup Friday (5:30 - 7:00pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday through February 23, the church will be searinv hommade soup, salad, dessert, tea/water. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we will also have hommade chili and hot dogs ($1 extra). $5 per person; children under 12 are FREE. All proceeds go to children's ministry. Questions: buzymillie2@yahoo.com

December 1
Laker Visit Day (9:00am - 12:00pm, Lake Land College Campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
Visit Lake LAnd College and find out all the college offers at Laker Visit Day! The event is for potential students who are interested in learning more about Lake Land College. Register online at lakelandcollege.edu/visit or call 217-234-5254 or contact admissions@lakelandcollege.edu for more information.

December 2
5th Annual Gifts of the Season (6:00pm; The PIllars Event Center, 301 E. Market, TAYLORVILLE)
Hosted by Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation, the evening will open with a cash bar. Official welcome at 7:00pm. Guests will relax in fellowship, enjoy a plated dinner and delight in music by "Lowder and Manning", an acoustic duo performing warm intertwining guitars and vocals. To purchase tickets, call 217-824-1651

December 2
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org . There will also be Pictures with Santa at Petco, from 1-4 p.m. The pictures will be $9.95 each, with all proceeds to benefit Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

December 2
"Village Christmas" Bazaar and Cookie Walk (9:00am - 1:00pm; Sherman United MEthodist Church, 2336 Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Do your Christmas shopping and baking in one stop! Take home a Swedish Tea Ring or cookies from the Cookie Walk. Shop at craft and gift booths. Enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or a turkey noodle lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission is free. All proceeds are used to support missions of the Women of the Sherman United Methodist Church. For more information call the church at 496-2338, Ext. 5. or Sue Burge at 496-2984.

December 2
Lunch to Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Dinners or Ala Carte: Cabbage Roll (Halupke),Cabbage Noodle (Halushki) & Meat filled Crepe (Blinchiki). Nut, Poppy Seed, Apricot Rolls & Baklava: Pre-Order Only. Please place your order by November 29th. We will have frozen "Ready-to-Cook" Pelmeni and Pierogis. For information and Pre-Order contact Sandy Petty @ 217-204-7938 or 217-839-7220

December 2
Christmas Bazaar (9:00am - 3:00pm; New Beginnings Apostolic Church, 3132 E Elm St., SPRINGFIELD) FREE event.
Come join us for a day of shopping local vendors. There will be a variety of vendors to choose from, and food will be available for purchase on site. For more info: gregory.shanna01@gmail.com

December 2
Cookie Walk (8:00am - 1:00pm; Third Presbyterian Church, 7th & BErgen, SPRINGFIELD)
Cookies, candies, breads, etc., including Gluten Free and Sugar Free. Get your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus, or with Elsa and Olaf from FROZEN!! Snacks and coffee or cocoa will be available also! For more information: 217-381-8888; Sharon.miller722@comcast.net

December 2
Harry Potter Family Fest for OVC (6:00 - 10:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
Witches, Wizards, Muggles, and Squibs you are invited to a night of fun, lights and evoking the magic of Springfield! Your evening will begin in the great hall where you can enjoy kid-friendly potions and brews, and an assortment of hors-d'oeuvres. You will get photos taken at Platform 9 3/4 and visit wizarding classes. TICKETS online https://tiny.cc/HPotterOVC $20: Adults & Kids 7+, $30 at the door, Free: Kids 6 and under
Proceeds go towards Our Vibrant Community furthering community art projects and providing low-cost creative events.

December 2
Children's Program: A Dickens of a Christmas (10:00am; 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
A Dickens of a Christmas will be the theme for the children's program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM and children of all ages are invited. We will make Christmas cards to be given to the veterans at the Danville VA and have other fun games and activities. Santa may even take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to stop by for a visit. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this program. Seating is limited so please register early! The library is located at 233 S. State.

December 2
A Very VisionWay Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair (9:00 - 3:00pm; VisionWay Christian School, 1124 N Webster St, TAYLORVILLE)
Shop local this Christmas season at "A Very VisionWay Christmas" Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday, December 2, from 9:00am-3:00pm. Our 35+ crafters and vendors have been busy creating unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list! Free admission and free parking. Grab a few friends and make a day of it-- sample some goodies at the bake sale, enjoy a delicious lunch (available 11am-1pm), bid on an amazing gift basket at the silent auction, and shop till you drop! For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/visionwaypie

December 2
4th Annual Hometown Christmas (9:00am - 3:00pm; Town Square, WINCHESTER)
This year’s event will feature more arts and crafts vendors, additional venues, Breakfast with Santa, raffles, a cookie walk, quilt show and prize drawings. Vendors and activities will all be located around the town square and nearby buildings. Maps will be available to visitors of all the locations on the day of the event.
Members of the Civic Group are working with local businesses to ensure the square and town is decked out in its holiday finest for visitors. “We’ve been doing this for a few years now and each year we like to expand the event in an effort to make it bigger and better. We may be a small town, but we love to show our civic pride every day, but especially for this annual event,” says Bobbi Jo Rousey Smith, Committee Chairperson for the event.
Winchester is located just off I-72 about 50 miles west of Springfield, 60 miles east of Quincy and 55 north of Alton.

December 2
Artisans’ Christmas Craft & Bake Sale (8:00am - 3:00pm; Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Artisan crafts including linens, home decor, jewelry, stained glass, Swarovski prisms, personal care, and many other items. Fresh bakery goods, homemade jams and jellies all created by the loving hands of our church ladies! For more info: creationsbyjak@sbcglobal.net or call (217) 684-2195

December 2
Quarter Auction (4:00pm; Southfork Elementary School, 550 Prairie St., SOUTH FORK)
Supporting SouthFork PTC. Paddles $2 each or 3 for $5. Menu includes pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, drinks, dessert. Carryout available. There will also be vendors selling Christmas items.

December 2
It’s a Gift! Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission
Winter has been a season of celebration and gift-giving for much of history. Learn about the history of winter holidays in Illinois and create a gift or two to give away. Families will enjoy crafts and activities as well as a special exhibition of toys from the Museum’s collection and the new art exhibition Toy Box: Inspiration through Play.
Super Saturdays offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.

December 2
Holiday Craft Sale (9:00am - 4:00pm; Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, NEW BERLIN)
The Dominican Sisters' artwork and baked goods sale. Call 217-787-6927 for details.

December 2
Morning with Santa (8:30 - 10:30am; Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, SAVOY)
Parent and grandparents, grab your little ones for a morning of fun and a visit with Santa Claus at the Morning with Santa. There will be games, races, crafts, snacks and prizes, but most of all, some one-on-one time with Santa Claus. Bring your cameras or make sure you have space for pictures on your phones so you can capture the magic. Morning with Santa is hosted by Rotary Club of Savoy, and proceeds go towards the Carrie Busey School backpack program.

December 2 - 23
Children's Holiday Store (1748 Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery invites all children to shop at the annual Children's Holiday Store located at 1748 Wabash Ave. (next to Planet Fitness), Springfield. Children, with the help of a volunteer can shop for family, friends, teachers, and even their pets. All items are $1 - $15 in price. The store is open every day December 2 through December 23. Times are Mon-Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm, and Sun noon-5pm. Special daytime hours can be scheduled for groups. It's a fun shopping experience for the children and all proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery where families can find a safe place to turn when a crisis occurs. For additional information contact the Nursery at 525-6800 or visit our website at www.miniobeirne.org.

December 1, 2, 3
2017 Christmas Show: "A Touch of Glass" (Friday 1:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 8:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm; Macoupin County Historical Society, 920 Breckenridge St., CARLINVILLE)
On National Registry of Historic Sites. House Tours in the beautifully decorated museum. $3 Adults | $1 Children. Don't miss the 6th Annual Handmade Christmas Store.
Historical Society members hope that you stop in at the Mansion for our Christmas Tour. Come walk through our "A Touch of Glass" room displays. The Ruyle Building will again have numerous hand-crafted items and handmade baked goods for same made by members of the Macoupin County Historical Society that will make your Holidays a joy this year. There will be food served daily in the Red Barn featuring homemade pies, beef stew, cranberry salad, and hot wassail. As always, there is a small admission charge for the Mansion that helps us keep our lights on. The Christmas Store has no admission. For more information, call 217-854-2850

December 1, 2, 3
Franciscan Nativity Festival (Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Chiara Center will host the Franciscan Nativity Festival on Friday, December 1 from 2-7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from noon - 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Festival features more than 100 Nativity Sets, many of which are new entries to the annual Festival. www.chiaracenter.org and 217.523.0901.

December 1, 2, 3
19th Annual Founder's Week Celebration (Triumph Community Outreach Ministries, 924 North 11th St., SPRINGFIELD) The event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact 217-522-5957.
Friday 7:00pm: Speaker - Bishop Michael Giboney
Saturday 11:00am: Leadership Workshop - facilitated by Bishop Wayne Dunning
Saturday night Speaker - Bishop Howard L. Collier
Sunday 11:00am: Bishop Vincent Pryor
Sunday 4:00pm: Apostle C.V. LeFlore

December 2, 3
59th Annual Vespers Celebration (2:00pm & 7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
For more than 50 years Vespers (which means "evening prayer") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Two hundred and fifty musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on the Millikin campus. Songs from past centuries combine with familiar carols and arrangements to create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. Vespers is one of Millikin's most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur community.

"Each year, Vespers provides a wonderful opening for the holiday season," said Dr. Brad Holmes, director of choral activities at Millikin and artistic director for Vespers. "Audiences will experience grandeur, wonder and joy in the 75-minute program."

Dr. Holmes has conducted the Vespers concert for over 25 years. Each year he adds new music to the traditional Christmas story told by the choir. "We explore the story in musical ways," Dr. Holmes said. "It has different music every year."

Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

For further information, please contact Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or dlisser@millikin.edu.

December 2
Chistmas in Nokomis (NOKOMIS)
Schedule of events for Saturday, December 2nd:

  • 8 am - 2 pm- Winter Wonderland at St. Louis Parish Center (food stand, visits with Santa, Santa's store, etc.)
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm- Nokomis Public Library Ornament Decorating to hang on the Community Tree
  • Noon - 2 pm- Snowflake Pageant at Former K of C Hall
  • 1 - 3 pm- Scavenger Hunt (pick up item sheets at Free Press office)
  • 5:30- Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Fred B. Johnson Park
  • 5:30 - 6 pm- Christmas Carols at Fred B. Johnson Park

*CHRISTMAS PARADE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH @ 9:45 AM*

December 2-9
The Crisis Nursery Holiday Shop (Lincoln Square Mall, URBANA)
Volunteers assist children, toddlers through 12 years of age, in choosing holiday gifts for their family and friends. All items are priced under $10 and proceeds from this unique fundraiser help fund our Strong Families and Safe Children Programs. HOURS: Saturday, December 2: 9:00am - 5:00pm | Sunday, December 3: 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Monday, December 4: 4:00pm - 7:00pm SANTA WILL BE HERE! | Tuesday, December 5: 4:00pm - 7:00pm SHOP WITH THE U of I CHEERLEADERS! | Wednesday, December 6: 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Thursday, December 7: 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Friday, December 8: 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Saturday, December 9: 9:00am - 5:00pm

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Market IN the Square (8:00 - 1:00pm; Lincoln Square, URBANA)
The Urbana Business Association is delighted to announce the 2017-2018 season of Market IN the Square. Taking place for 16 weeks on November 11, 18 & 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, and April 14 & 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Market will provide patrons with the best fresh local produce, baked goods, flowers, value-added foods, arts and crafts, and so much more! In addition, throughout the market season look for live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, interactive activities, children's activities, and Facebook Give-A-Ways. For more information, make your way to the UBA. Visit www.urbanabusiness.com/market-in-the-square.

December 2-10, 13, 15-17, 20, 22-24
4th Annual Holiday Wonderland (Times vary, Lincoln Square, URBANA)
Roberta Morris and American Cancer Society invite you to view the biggest Christmas Village display in the Midwest. Over 500 Department 56 lighted houses and accessories viewed for free. Come to Lincoln Square in Urbana and walk through the amazing display!!! There will be an interactive village for children!
HOURS FOR VIEWING: Saturday, December 2, 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sunday, December 3, noon - 6:00pm | Monday, December 4, 4:00 - 7:00pm | Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 - 7:00pm | Wednesday, December 6, 4:00 - 7:00pm Thursday, December 7, 4:00 - 7:00pm | Friday, December 8, 3:00 -7:00pm | Saturday, December 9, 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sunday, December 10, noon - 6:00pm | Wednesday, December 13, 4:00pm- 7:00pm | Friday, December 15, 3:00pm - 7:00pm | Saturday, December 16, 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sunday, December 17, noon - 6:00pm | Wednesday, December 20, 4:00 -7:00pm | Friday, December 22, 3:00 – 7:00pm | Saturday, December 23, 8:00am -6:00pm | Sunday, December 24, noon to 5:00pm
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It's our fourth year and in the past, we have had several thousand people tour the display. It's a free event, but we accept donations for the American Cancer Society and over the years have received over $7000 in donations for the ACS."

December 3
Model Railroad SWAP Meet (9:00am - 3:30pm; Sangamon Co. Fair, NEW BERLIN)
The Sangamon Central Railroad Club and the Sangamon County Fair Associate invite you to a model railroad swap meet. 90-100 tables: all guages. Donation $3, tables $9. Children uner 12 FREE. Food available.

December 3
Live Nativity Walk at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (3:00 - 6:00pm; Corner of Devonshire and Prospect Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
A community tradition in Champaign is the Nativity Walk at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. On the corner of Devonshire & Prospect Avenues you will see a live reminder of the true meaning of Christmas with our Live Nativity scene.
There will be live animals, including a camel and real people portraying Mary and Joseph.
After you’ve seen the live nativity scene, take a walk inside to see nativity scenes from all over the world. Finish off in our Fellowship Hall for free refreshments of coffee, hot cocoa, cider, cookies, and other desserts.
You can also use this as a photo opportunity for your Christmas cards by taking a picture with one of our live nativity characters or inside our sanctuary in front of our beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

December 3
Sunday Jazz Matinee (1:00 - 4:00pm; 1121 South Grand Ave. East, SPRINGFIELD)
This is a fundraiser for Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts & Research Center. You get good live music plus a good meal for $12. 50-50 Drawing. Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts & Research Center is a unique, local non-profit organization created for research and educational purposes to assist at-risk, underprivileged youth through positive mentoring, life skills training, academic enrichment and cultural arts in an after-school safe and challenging environment.
The hope is to raise funds to establish a permanent arts and cultural center for children and community. We only hope you will support our mission and help us implement our programs and initiatives. If you have any wuestions: 217-553-5847 or email cescott1943@gmail.com

December 3
Illinois Legacy Collection Bicentennial Celebration and Open House (11:00am - 2:00pm; ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public
The Illinois State Museum is preparing to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by displaying the best of its Illinois Legacy Collection of 13.5 million objects in a special exhibition slated to open Summer of 2018. The public is invited to the ISM Research & Collections Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a behind-the-scenes, sneak peek at some of these objects. Visitors will be able to walk through the Museum’s collection areas and speak with Museum staff and curators. Illinois State Museum Society Members are invited to a more intimate open house for members only from 2:00-3:00 pm.
The public is also welcome to visit the Museum’s main facility in the Capitol Complex (502 S. Spring Street) from Noon to 4:30 pm to see a special preview of the Bicentennial exhibition on the second floor. In celebration of the kick off of the Bicentennial year, Museum admission is free on December 3.

December 3
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar Christmas Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm, The Orr Building, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Over 135 vendors will pack the Orr Building for holiday shoppers. Please consider highlighting our event as one of your “three things to do this weekend”.
We were just able to donate $2200 to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Program.
The winter series is INDOORS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS!! See below for vendor info!
You never know what you'll find at the bazaar! But you can always count on delicious mimosas in our wine and craft beer patio, samples throughout the venue of delicious dips, sausages and sweet treats, music that makes you forget your worries and just enjoy the day, and tons of the BEST shopping in the whole midwest!! Fantastic holiday finds, boutique, jewelry, art, photography, soaps, lotions, coins, toys, home and garden decor, sewn items, crochet, handmade, recycled, upcycled, vintage, antique, collectibles, furniture, floral, wood, metal, produce, and always LOTS of surprises!! You can visit with alpacas and sometimes even adopt a pet from the mobile adoption team!! You will enjoy delicious fair "fare" like mini donuts and kettle corn even in the winter, along with homemade goodies like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and so much more!!
Adults $4 | 12 and under are always FREE!!!
TRULY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!

December 3
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

December 3
Biscuits & Gravy/Sausage & Pancakes (7:00am - 11:00am; St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 302 Main St, PENFIELD)
Donation. For more information: (217) 595-5620

COLLECTING Tuesdays and Thursdays NOW through December 4
“Gift of Reading”: Holiday Book Drive (8:00am - 12:00pm, Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St. (Elkhart St. doors), WILLIAMSVILLE)
This program collects books to distribute to children throughout Sangamon County. They also accept financial donations to help purchase books. Previous years close to 5,000 books were distributed through various service agency thanks to this program. The program is maintained by 3 retired school teachers, including our own Marsha Menzel. Important Information to know: • Books are for children ages birth—12 years old • Each book is new

December 4
Memorial Center Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

December 5
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. 3rd St., EFFINGHAM)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. First Tuesday of the month. Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

December 5
Fall 2017 Millikin Speaker Series: Rob Dongoski (7:30pm; Banquet Room B on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus, DECATUR)
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE), a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its Fall 2017 Speaker Series on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. featuring keynote speaker and Millikin alumnus Rob Dongoski '92, Global Agribusiness Leader for Ernst & Young (EY). Dongoski leads Ernst & Young's agribusiness sector globally and focuses on strategy, transformation and M&A for many clients in the agribusiness and food sectors. As Ernst & Young's global leader, he is at the forefront of industry issues and works directly with client executives to optimize their approach in the global markets. He also serves as the lead partner on several global accounts ranging from seed/chem, agri-retail, grain processing and meat processing.
The 2017-2018 Institute for Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series focuses on how entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being.
For more information about the speaker series or the Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217.424.6392, by e-mail at dhorn@millikin.edu or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.

December 6
Snowman Pre-School Program (10:00am, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will have a snowman preschool program on Wednesday, December 6 at 10 AM. Preschool ages children and their care giver are invited to attend to listen to snowman stories and make a snowman craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register to attend.

December 6
84th annual Cookie Party (2:00 - 4:00pm; University Commons Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Millikin University's campus, DECATUR)
A long-standing tradition at Millikin University, the 84th annual Cookie Party will be held for members of the University community on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the University Commons Ballroom, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons, on Millikin's campus.
This annual event is held every year as a highlight and celebration for the holiday season at Millikin, as well as to give the students a "boost" before final exams are administered.
The party will showcase the baking talents of many in the University community, providing over 5,000 cookies for all to sample. The event also includes great holiday music provided by Millikin's School of Music.
To arrange coverage or for more information contact Dane Lisser, Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator at 217.420.6636 or dlisser@millikin.edu.

December 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The December feature for the Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies will be We're No Angels. It will be shown December 6 at 2 PM at the Westville Public Library. The movies stars Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Perter Ustinov as three Devil's Island escapees that hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises during the Christmas season. Please reserve your seat by calling the library at 267-3170 to see this fun film.

December 6
VELE Soft-Opening (3:30pm, 524 E. Monroe, SPRINGFIELD)
“VELE” – pronounced – VAY-LAY – is Italian for “blank canvas,” yet the trio of Chef Justin Richardson, Dan Sperry and designer Nichole Sperry is already putting their mark on the downtown dining scene, which has welcomed seven new restaurants in the last two years. VELE is open for dinner Wednesdays thru Saturdays. Please join DSI as we host an official ribbon cutting to celebrate their opening. Champagne Toast and Complimentary Appetizers for Guests. This event coincides with a Wednesday Old Capitol Holiday Walk. The Walks continue every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon through December 20.

December 6
How Illinois Became a State (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
This presentation will highlight the role of land surveying in the development of the United States. In addition to a long career in surveying and engineering, Mr. Church has always had an interest in the history of land surveying. In his presentation, Church will explain how Thomas Jefferson’s Rectangular System of surveying brought about the development of a new nation 66 feet at a time. Church will also address Illinois history, including how Chicago almost ended up in Wisconsin and how land surveying began Abraham Lincoln’s political career.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Free and open to the public

December 6
Jingle Bell Rock (7:00pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Holiday concert by The Alley Cats, a doo-wop comedy group. hctfa.org. Tickets: $10, $17, $18. 217-523-2787.

December 6, 13, and 20
Holiday Wednesdays during December (5:30pm - 8:30pm; The Pharmacy Gallery, 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space for Holiday Wednesdays during December to coincide with Downtown Springfield's Holiday Walks. Gifts available for under $200.00. Light refreshments will be served. The Pharmacy Gallery is also opened every Friday and Saturday from noon until 6:00pm

December 6, 13, and 20
Christmas Around the World (6:30pm; Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
Special programs and services celebrate African culture on December 6, Asian culture on December 13, and Peruvian culture on December 20. Meal at 5:$5pm. Free. peacelutheranspringfield.org

December 7
Benld Adopt-a-Pet Fundraiser (4:30 - 7:30pm; It’s All About Wine, 1305 Wabash Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
Your donation provides you with drink tickets, appetizers, and door prize entry. Your donation provides the shelter with funds towards veterinary expenses for the pets we rescue daily. We are a private 501(c) (3) no-kill shelter and are supported solely by memberships, fundraisers and donations. For more information call 217.498.8196 or visit our Facebook page, or our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

December 7
Christmas Vendor Fair (5:00 - 7:00pm, Cedarhurst, 2225 W. Morton Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
Free. 217-919-9300

December 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony (11:00am, Springfield Elks Lodge #158, 409 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the World War II Memorial Committee.

December 7, 8
A Christmas Chaos (7:00pm; The Decatur Club, 158 W. Prarie Ave., DECATUR)
Performance of 'A Christmas Carol' by the touring Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Jan Hooten. Reservations by December 4. $45. theatre7.net

December 7-10, 14 - 17, 19-23, 26-30
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights (5:00 - 9:00pm; The Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Drive, SPRINGFIELD)

  • The Springfield Park District will host it’s annual Holiday Light event at the Henson Robinson Zoo – but this year has a NEW twist! We have partnered with a National holiday décor company called Winterland, Inc. to bring the community an improved spectacular light show at the Zoo!
  • The event will be spread throughout the Zoo grounds and consists of a walking tour set to Cool 93.9 Holiday Music, thousands of twinkling lights and animated LED light displays!
  • You’ll want to stroll down “candy cane lane” and purchase gourmet hot cocoa and sweet holiday treats from the Fields of Sweets food truck. Grab the family and gather at our GIANT Teddy Bear photo booth for all your holiday pics! Come see the Zoo critters as they enjoy the lights too; red wolves, eagles, barnyard animals, cougars, African Painted Dogs, birds of prey and many others are all out on the grounds still this time of year!
  • There will be bonus features scheduled for certain dates over the weekends, so you will want to keep an eye on our schedule for all the extras! We will have Caroling at the Amphitheater on Saturday, December 9th as well as an Ice Sculptor who will carve a giant 300 lb. ice block into a penguin on that same night!
  • We have planned horse drawn carriage rides for only $2 a ticket with a paid admission to Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights on Dec. 23rd and Dec. 28th with Red Gate Farms. Bring the kiddos out to see Santa December 19th – 23rd. So much fun still to come – so keep watching our Website for more details!
  • Admission is $7 for Adults; $5 for Kids (ages 3-12); Children 2 and under FREE
    **This event is weather permitting should we get any freezing rain or deep snow, so check out our Facebook page or call if we have inclement weather.**

December 8
Soup Friday (5:30 - 7:00pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday through February 23, the church will be searinv hommade soup, salad, dessert, tea/water. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we will also have hommade chili and hot dogs ($1 extra). $5 per person; children under 12 are FREE. All proceeds go to children's ministry. Questions: buzymillie2@yahoo.com

December 8
Holiday Arts & Crafts Preview (6:00 - 8:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dinner is $10 per person. alplm.org; 217-782-5764

December 8
Reception: Consulting A Harvestman (5:30 - 7:30pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Entering the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is currently like entering a fairy tale forest of creatures entwined in the complex landscape. Taking her inspiration from myths and folk tales and working with a mix of media on paper, Sarah Nguyen’s paintings offer layers of imagery, mystery and meaning. Each painting incorporates fluid sweeping movements, a rich color palette and delicate details. The large scale paintings are complimented by elegant banners of landscape patterns cut from sheets of white Tyvek that are suspended from the ceiling to cast intricate shadows on the walls.
Ms. Nguyen teaches painting and foundational drawing classes at the University of Central Missouri. She works as a freelance Illustrator, Portrait Artist, and Designer as well as the art director for the Pleiades magazine. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and New York City.
The exhibition, Consulting A Harvestman, will be on display at in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association through Friday, December 22, 2017. A reception will be held on Friday, December 8th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The gallery is open daily from 9 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Betsy Dollar at (217) 523-2631 and director@springfieldart.org.

December 8, 9
5th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair (Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping!Preview Soup Supper, Friday, Dec. 8th 6 – 8 p.m. Soup, Bread & Dessert, Tickets – $10 per person. Saturday, December 9th, 10 am – 3 pm. For more information go to www.aluuc.org or call 585-9550

December 8, 9
Our Savior's Live Nativity (7:00 - 9:00pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a realistic recreation of the amazing story that surrounds the night of our Savior’s birth when you visit Our Savior’s Church & School’s unique drive through Live Nativity. This free event features holiday lights, choirs of angels, beautiful displays, live animals, and period dressed actors. We invite you to join others in the community who have made Our Savior’s Live Nativity an annual tradition for their families! Public contact information if our community has further questions: www.oursaviors-church.org; (217) 546-4531

December 8-10
Alice's Wonderland (8:00pm, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by LLCC Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists. Directed and adapted by Mark Hardiman. $15 advancee. cutlassartists.com

December 8-10, 15-17
A Charlie Brown Christmas (7:00pm Friday, 1:30 & 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by the Hoogland Education Department. $10, $12, $14. hctfa.org, 523-2787

December 9
Santa! (12:00 - 3:00pm, Pawnee Learning Center, 308 Carroll St., PAWNEE)
Santa will be here, at the Pawnee Learning Center in the flesh for you and your child to talk to, sit on his lap and even share a cookie.
$5.00 each, includes cookie with Santa and a picture. For more information: 217-646-8217

December 9
Christmas in Nokomis (NOKOMIS)
Schedule of events for Saturday, December 9th:

  • 9:45 am- Christmas Parade - Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to town as they ride in on a big red fire truck (line-up at
  • 9:30 am behind Nokomis City Hall)
  • 10 am - 1 pm- Treats with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Nokomis Masonic Lodge
  • 10 am - 2 pm- Christmas Walk - take a stroll down Main Street and stop and visit our local businesses
  • 10 am - 2 pm- Free Press- Progress Cookie Contest (stop by, try some delicious cookies and vote for your favorite)
  • 9 am - 2 pm- Crafters and Vendors at Steele Hall and former K of C Hall
  • 1 pm- Create your own Gingerbread House at Ugly Mugs Coffeehouse
  • 5 - 8 pm- The Grinch and Rudolph will be at Sale Superette Pizza Co.

*CHRISTMAS PARADE 9:45 AM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH*

December 9
Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade (7:30 - 8:30pm; downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Parade starts at Horace Mann parking lot on Jefferson St and loops around the Old State Capitol to Monroe St on 5th and 6th Streets. Free to the public. All entries must submit an entry form and payment. Entry form available upon request at spfldjaycees@gmail.com Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2027643587465601
The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie and Betty's Pizza located at 1101 S. Spring Street. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

December 9
28th Annual Cookie Walk (8:00am - 12:00pm; Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring dozens of homemade cookies and countless varieties of candy. douglasavenue.org, 546-4631

December 9
Tree of Lights (12:00 - 6:00pm; Animal Protective LEague, 1001 Taintor Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Tree-lighting and reading at 5:30pm. Plus refreshments, adoptable cats and dogs. Free admission. $5 per tree light. apl-shelter.org

December 9
Southeast HS Holiday Bazaar (10:00am - 3:00pm; 2350 E. Ash St., Commons Area, SPRINGFIELD)
Performances by Southeast Choir & Band scheduled throughout the event. Over 40 Illinois crafters & home businesses to shop from. Concessions and bake sale by Boosters & Cheerleaders. Finn Fish Wagon will be selling Walleye & River Chips. For questions or details on being a vendor contact Kathi Frieden (217) 414-2135 or on find us on Facebook @SoutheastHighSchoolHoliday Bazaar.

December 9
Breakfast with Santa (8:30 - 10:30am; Children's Dyslexia Center of Springfield, 1020 Rickard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Meet and take a complimentary photo with Santa. Plus face painting, balloon animals, and more. Reservations appreciated. Free to kids, donations requested of adults. 793-7728

December 9
A Historic Christmas (1:00 - 5:00pm; Lincoln Home Visitors Center, 426 S. Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, make holiday crafts, and tour the holiday-decorated Lincoln Home. Free. nps.gov, 492-4241

December 9
Holiday Fun (12:00 - 5:00pm; Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy seasonal fun and see the historic home decorated for an 1800s-style Christmas. Free. 492-5929

December 9
Breakfast with Santa (9:00 - 10:30am, Jacksonville Elks Club Lodge #682, 231 W. Morgan Ave., JACKSONVILLE)

December 9
Christmas Market and Cookie Walk (10:00am - 6:00pm; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 815 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring gifts, decorations, homemade items and jewelry from crafters, artisans and vendors. Free. 622-4340.

December 9
Christmas Lessons and Carols (6:00 - 7:00pm; First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for special music, worship and a carol sing. Reception to follow. Free. lincolnschurch.org

December 9
Frosted Fling-Scottish Dance Competition (1:00pm; Elliott Avenue Baptist Church, 501 W. Elliott Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by the Saint Andrews Society of Central Illinois Celtic Dancers. Food available for purchase. $5. 528-2983

December 9
Ticket Sales for "Stomp Out Cancer" (10:00am; Tee Shirts Ink, HILSBORO)
Just a quick description, Stamp Out Cancer was started 8 years ago in honor of my father who was a local postal carrier with the nickname of "Stamps". Since then we have raised over $325,000 for the Montgomery County Cancer Association. Our event features a "Celebrity Lip Sync Battle", featuring local "celebrities' from Montgomery County. We'll also be featuring a big musical act from St. Louis, Platinum Rock Legends, later that night. http://soc.mccaweb.com/

December 9
Cookie Walk (8:00am - 12:00pm; Lutheran High School, 3500 W. Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual cookie walk features homemade cookies, candy and fudge. $6 per pound. 546-6363

December 9
Vendor and Craft Show (11:00 - 4:00pm; Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., URBANA)
We will have 2 Very Large Conference rooms with over 35+ vendors and crafters in one location!!! Come finish your holiday shopping or pamper yourself, there is something for everyone!!!! Free Parking and Free Entry. Door Prizes throughout the Event and Refreshments. Contact Mistyrollings74@yahoo.com for more information, or call 217-202-6827

December 9
18th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk (8:30am - 12:00pm; Activity Center, St. John Drive, SHERMAN)
Held by the The St. John Vianney Women's Society. Shoppers will be able to select their favorites from dozens of varieties of fancy Christmas cookies, candies, and breads. Cookies are sold for $6.50 per lb. and we also offer pre-packaged trays for the hurried shopper. These make great gifts. Our cookie walk is one of the largest in the area and has the reputation of "the best cookie walk around !" Everything is homemade by the ladies of our parish. The event also includes a dozen direct sale vendors at our CHRISTMAS GIFT GALA ! New this year is a SILENT BASKET AUCTION. REFRESHMENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT TOO ! RAFFLE TICKETS ARE $1.00 EACH AND YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. THIS YEAR'S PRIZES INCLUDE: * IPAD AIR 32GB *$150 HY-VEE * $200 HUMPHREY'S *$200 SONICCARE * $200 CASH * GIFT CARDS AND PRIZES

December 9
Breakfast with Santa (8:30 - 11:30am; Girard Community Center, GIRARD)
North Macoupin County Kiwanis Club presents pancakes and sausage. Adults $7, Children 4-12 $5. Chilcren under 3 FREE. A free picture with an adult paid meal will be taken 9:00am - 11:00am. Additional prints may be ordered for $1.00. Prints will be delivered via e-mail, through your child's school or US mail by Friday, 12/15/17.

December 9
SANTA & Mrs. Claus at SCHEELS (10:00am - 3:00pm; 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. SPRINGFIELD)
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here for ONE Big Day! Bring your camera for FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. FREE Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations! Register to WIN a $100 SCHEELS Gift Card just in time for Christmas! http://experience.scheels.com/event/santa-at-scheels/

December 9
Santa's Play N Shop Extravaganza (11:00am - 3:00pm; Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center, 625 E. Saint Joseph St., SPRINGFIELD)
Event features a kids corner with crafts and activities, visits and photos with Santa, holiday shopping and more. Free. 441-2342 or 529-6626

December 9
Statehouse Christmas (6:00pm - 8:00pm; Vandalia Statehouse, 315 W. Gallatin St., VANDALIA)
View the oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois illuminated by more than 250 candles and trimmed with decorations appropriate to the 1840s. Tours run every 15 minutes. 618-283-1161

December 9
Holiday Jazz (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., DECATUR)
The Millikin University Jazz Sextet performs holiday classics with a jazzy swing. $10-25. millikin.edu

December 9, 10
Amasong Chorus Winter Concert- Taking Wing: A Concert of Songs that Soar (4:00pm; McKinley Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th & John, CHAMPAIGN)
Escape the bonds of gravity with music by women who look to the skies for inspiration, strength, and comfort. Amasong will perform songs of birds, bees, and things with wings, letting our voices soar and lifting our spirits. Music director, Jill Crandall. Suggested donation $10 - $20. More if you can, less if you can’t.

December 9 - 22
Photos with Santa (5:00 - 8:00pm, Mon - Fri; 11:00 - 6:00pm, Sat-Sun; Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave., E, SPRINGFIELD)
Meet and have photos taken with Santa. Free admission. No charge for photos taken with own camera; $5 for souvenir photo. springfieldparks.org

December 10
Practice Climb for Fight For Air Climb Springfield (2:00 - 3:00pm; Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Train in the stairwell! Join us at the Wyndham Springfield City Center for a Practice Climb before event day. If you haven’t yet registered, you can do so at the Practice Climb before hitting the stairs! Experienced climbers will be available for questions and climbing tips. You can climb at your own pace as much as you want during the hour. Visit our website at www.ClimbWyndham.org or contact staff at 217-787-5864 or via email at EventsIL@Lung.org.

December 10
Carolling at the Carillon (4:00 - 5:00pm; Thomas Rees Memorial CArillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Sing carols accompanied by the carillon bells, visit with Santa and enjoy cocoa and cookies. Free. carillon-rees.org

December 10
A Calvary Christmas (6:00pm, Calvary Church, Hazel Dell Campus, 501 W Hazel Dell, SPRINGFIELD)
Get in the Christmas spirit with a fun-filled night of Christmas music featuring Calvary Big Band, our adult and kids choirs, and more! Make sure to come decked out in your most festive Christmas attire and enjoy some cookies and cocoa following the concert.

December 10
Christmas Cantata (9:00am, First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
793-9760

December 10
Holiday Open House (Cedarhurst of JAcksonville, 2225 W. Morton AVe., JACKSONVILLE)
Featuring refreshments and music. Free. 919-9300

December 10
Holiday Extravaganza (9:00 - 4:00pm; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring holiday entertainment, more than 100 craft vendors, visits with Santa, an old-fashioned cake walk, concessions and more. Hosted by the Springfield Zoological Society. $4 for ages 13 and up. Free to 12 and under. 217-725-8047

December 12
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., MARSHALL)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Second Tuesday of the month. Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

December 13
BEST (Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens) and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Early Learning Center, 2501 S. First Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Topic: “The Impact of Social Media on Teenagers”
Take a closer look at how social media and text messages are potentially negatively impacting the lives of our children. For more information & to RSVP call Pete, 217 523-2587 v/tty

December 13
Title: 33rd Annual Carle/Salvation Army Toy Drive (7:00am - 6:00pm; Carle Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 2300 S. First St., CHAMPAIGN)
Join Carle, WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio station and Salvation Army at our annual Toy Drive drive-thru collection. Lite Rock 97.5’s Mike in the Morning will kick off the drive-thru event at 7 a.m. by handing out prizes and gift packs to some of the first donors. We’ll have festive music, cheerful volunteers, and you don’t even have to get out of your car! Your new, unwrapped toys and gifts will go to the Salvation Army Toy Shop, benefiting thousands of kids in Champaign County. Monetary donations and gift cards will also be accepted. New this year: Help keep our Toy Shop families warm in the chilly months ahead. In addition to toys and gifts, we are accepting coats, hats and mittens as part of our drive-thru collection on December 13. While toys must be brand new, all donations of winter gear can be new or gently used. Interested in donating earlier? Drop off your donations at any of the following locations through Dec. 15: • Carle Hospital, clinics in Champaign, Urbana and Mahomet, and Windsor of Savoy • Health Alliance at Lincoln Square • WDWS/WHMS/WKIO studios, 15 E. Main St., downtown Champaign (inside the News-Gazette building)
For more details, including toy suggestions and exact drop-off locations, visit carle.org/toydrive.

December 13
"Looking A Lot Like Christmas" Luncheon (11:00 - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: "Looking Lively", a local dance group, The Silver Steppers, will tap their way to entertain us. Invote someone new to come share our holiday luncheon and program. Speaker: "Looking for Love" - Glenda Smith comes to us from DeKalb, IL. Empty and lonely after several failed marriages until she found a love that changed her life. Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, 12/8. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

December 13
Gaslight Holiday Tour (6:00 - 7:00pm; Edwards Place, SAA, 700 N Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Tour Edwards Place, decked for the holidays, by gaslight and learn about mid-century Christmas celebrations. $10. edwardsplace.org ; 523-2631

December 13
ICON Annual Holiday Party (5:00 - 9:00pm; The Inn at 835, 835 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring Speaker Vasudha Pinnamaraju, Executive Director of the McClean County Regional Planning Commission. $35. springfieldicon.org; 528-9803

December 14
Music at the Museum Series: Eric Lambert with Josh Mcpartland (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
From the Chicago area, Eric is an international-touring artist with a career spanning over 40 years. Lambert’s authentic, heartfelt style and sound is an upbeat and eclectic blend of music that knows no boundaries. His creative output reflects the diversity of his influences, namely: Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Clarence White, Bill Monroe, Norman Blake, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, The Allman Brothers, and Robert Johnson. He will be joined by mandolinist Josh Mcpartland.
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum.

December 14
SCIL's 32nd Annual Meeting (5:00pm; The Inn at 835, 835 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Registration opens at 5:00pm. Hors d'oeuvre Duffet and cash bar. Suggested donated $20. Registration is required by December 1. Contact SCIL at 217-523-2587 or email proberts@scil.org or kpaul@scil.org

December 15
Soup Friday (5:30 - 7:00pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday through February 23, the church will be searinv hommade soup, salad, dessert, tea/water. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we will also have hommade chili and hot dogs ($1 extra). $5 per person; children under 12 are FREE. All proceeds go to children's ministry. Questions: buzymillie2@yahoo.com

December 15
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Regency Holiday Party and Open House (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 346 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Come one and all to the RBML Frost Fair; our river won’t be frozen but we’ll celebrate like it is! (Please feel free to come dressed the part; some of us will be in Regency period attire for the festivities.) Drop by and meet our new department head, Lynne M. Thomas, enjoy fresh cider, holiday treats, and rare and wonderful books with us as we celebrate the year’s frostiest holidays and Jane Austen’s birthday. https://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/ ; Contact: 217-333-3777

December 15, 16
Third Presbyterian Church Live Nativity (6:00 - 8:00pm; 1030 N 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
See a live portrayal of the Wise Men and others worshipping the baby Jesus. Free. Contact third Presbyterian Church Office 217-528-0457

December 15, 16
Country Church Christmas Tour 2017(4:00-8:00pm & 2:00 - 6:00pm)
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a country church looks like? This is the third year for the tour. We have 9 churches this year. The participating churches decorate for the Christmas season. Somne churches are over a hundred years old with many beautiful windows. Refreshments are also offered at each stop. If you would like more information about the tour, please contract Diana Burnett at dburnett2@gmail.com or 217-519-1644 or Kris Batchelder 217-433-3296
Churches on the tour:
Illini Congregational Church, 5187 N Kenney Rd., WARRENSBURG
Promised Land Ministries, 168 E. Main St, WARRENSBURG
Niantic United Methodist Church, 211 W North St., NIANTIC
Niantic Christian Church, 270 N. Broadway St., NIANTIC
Resurrection Parish, 410 Anne St., ILLIOPOLIS
United Methodist Church, 313 N Logan St., CHESTNUT
Zion Lutheran Church, 407 N Logan St., CHESTNUT
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 321 S. Lafayette St., MOUNT PULASKI
Warrensburg United Methodist Church, 195 N Main St., WARRENSBURG

December 15, 16
Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra! Celebrate the Seasons (7:30pm; First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL & Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, IL)
Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or at the door the night of the performance and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777 or at the door the night of the performance. General admission is $20. Student tickets available for $5 (Age 6-21) with valid Student ID. Senior discounts and group discounts are also available. Tickets prices do not include auditorium processing and/or ticketing fees.

December 15 - 17
A Dual Piano Christmas (7:00pm Friday, Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Concert by Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan features holiday favorites from two pianos, four hands, and two talented and creative brains. $18-20. hctfa.org, 523-2787

December 16
Cookie Walk and Pancake Breakfast (8:00am - 12:00pm; Williamsville United MEthodist Church, 128 E. Jones, WILLIAMSVILLE)
Everyone is welcome to join us! Breakfast: $5.00/adult; $3.00/child
Cookies $5.00/pound --- a variety of cookies available

December 16
Winter Exhibition and Public Skate (2:00 - 5:00pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
An afternoon of holiday music and figure skating plus cookies and visits with Santa. Hosted by the Springfield Figure Skating Club. Free admission with canned good dontation. sfsc4u.com

December 16
CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE (10:00am - 3:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
We will have a variety of things to choose from: Russian Pastries. Frozen: Perogies, Pelminis and Stuffed Crepes. Nut, Poppy Seed and Apricot Rolls, Baklava & Pies: Cream, Apple, Pecan or Egg Custard. If you know you would like something ready to pick up, you can call and pre-order. Sandy Petty 217-204-7938 OR 217-839-7220; Debbie Spears 217-313-6522

December 16
Winter Extravaganza (7:00pm; Routt Catholic High School, 500 E. College Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
Featuring selected works by the art department and performances by the band, chorus, and drama departments.

December 16
Scavenger Hunt with Santa (1:00 - 3:00pm; Timberlake Supportive Living, 2521 Empowerment Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
This event is free! Santa will be there, activities and cookie decorating for children. Come enjoy the fun!!

December 16
Holiday Farmers Market (9:00am - 1:00pm; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring farm-fresh products and unique local gifts. Organized by Illinois Stewardship Alliance. 725-8047

December 16
Victorian Holiday Tea (2:00 - 3:30pm, Edwards Place, SAA, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Sing carols and learn about 19th century holiday traditions over tasty tea and desserts. $25 SAA members, $30 non. edwardsplace.org | 523-2631

December 16
Winter Family Fun Day (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission
Bring the whole family to the Museum for an afternoon of fun and games inspired by the Toy Box: Inspiration through Play art exhibition. Visitors will enjoy playful crafts, a photo scavenger hunt in the Museum, building block challenges, board games, and more. Snacks and hot cocoa will be provided. Families can also enter to win a prize basket full of family games and activities.
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
For additional information please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

December 16
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

December 16
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus (3:00 - 6:00pm; Wild Rose, 115 N 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Mrs. Claus will be joining Santa and are welcoming children or whole family photos! We ask for a suggested $10 donation (although any amount will help!) and all proceeds will benefit HIV orphans in Swaziland, Africa. www.ifightpoverty.org
We encourage you to bring your camera or cell phone and take your own photos, but if you prefer we take a photo with ours, they will be emailed to you and all rights to the photos will be yours with no watermarks.
Thank you for helping us raise money for our orphans to be educated - it's the only way they will lift themselves out of poverty!
For more information: Annie Todt, 765-532-2586, anniefightspoverty@gmail.com

December 16, 23
SANTA & FRIENDS
Carnival Land inside Dallas & Company (10:00am - 6:00pm, Dallas & Company, 101 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN) Santa & his friends are visiting Carnival Land inside Dallas & Company on December 16th and December 23rd! Mark your calendars! This is a FREE family event. Santa visits will be from 10:00am-6:00pm with holiday magic shows at 12:00pm, 1:00pm & 2:00pm! All ages welcomed. Remember to bring your cameras! Facebook.com/Dallasandco

December 16, 17
LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS! (11:00am - 6:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)

All ages welcome. Morning Star Productions bring LIVE Reindeer to SCHEELS! http://experience.scheels.com/event/live-reindeer-scheels/
Come see Santa’s Reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole! You don’t want to miss this popular event! LIVE Indoor Reindeer Viewing | *Complimentary Viewing with Photos available for purchase. ($20 for 1-8×10 or 2 – 5×7)

December 17
Heads Up Group for people with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Dave Munroe at 217-523-2587 for more information.

December 17
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

December 17
Candle Lighting Service (7:00pm; Unity Church, 417 E. Cordelia St., SPRINGFIELD)

December 17
Children's Christmas Musical (4:00pm; First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)

December 17
Mt. Pulaski Community Choir Annual Holiday Concert (4:00pm; Mt. Pulaski Christian Church, MT. PULASKI)
The thirty plus choir with fifteen member orchestra is presenting "Christmas Canticles", a cantata of traditional carols in four suites. This concert is free and open to the public. Come for an hour of all of your favorite Christmas carols in one place.

December 19
Greek Christmas (6:00 - 8:00pm; African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Greek sororities and fraternaties host a Christmas celebration and enjoy a little friendly tree decorating competition.

December 20
Bound to the Western Waters: Looking for Lewis and Clark at Ft. Kaskaskia, Illinois (12:00pm - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
During summer the summer of 2017, Southern Illinois University conducted archaeological and remote sensing investigations at Ft. Kaskaskia, a state-owned, 1750s French fort site in Randolph County, Illinois. This fort also was believed to be the site of a later American fort of the same name from which Lewis and Clark recruited 12 soldiers for their expedition to explore the American west in 1803. The field school investigations revealed that Ft. Kaskaskia indeed was a 1750s French fort utilized by local residents into the late colonial period (1765-1790), but we found no evidence that Lewis and Clark had ever visited the fort. Instead, we found the remains of the American Ft. Kaskaskia (1802-1807) on a separate hill top 300 m to the north. In this talk, Wagner will discuss the history and archaeology of the two forts and the plans for additional field school investigations at both sites in 2018.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

December 20
Eve Before You Leave (7:00pm; First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Traditional and contemporary-blended service with communion.

December 20
Holiday Family Reading Night (4:00 - 7:00pm; Family Communication Centers, 817 E. Enos Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Holiday book giveaway and family reading night. RSVP 717-0195

December 20
The Great Cookie Debate(11:00am - 2:00pm; Family Communication Centers, 817 E. Enos Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Cookie baking and sharing. RSVP 717-0195

December 21
Winter Solstice Celebration (6:30 - 8:00pm; Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Winter solstice celebration include light supper. Reservations by December 18. $18. jubileefarm.info; 787-6927

December 22
Soup Friday (5:30 - 7:00pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday through February 23, the church will be searinv hommade soup, salad, dessert, tea/water. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we will also have hommade chili and hot dogs ($1 extra). $5 per person; children under 12 are FREE. All proceeds go to children's ministry. Questions: buzymillie2@yahoo.com

December 22
Sister's Christmas Catechism (7:00pm; Hooglad Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Holiday mystery extravaganza and sequel to Late Nite Catechism. hctfa.org | 523-2787

December 22, 23
Gingerbread Workshop (10:00 - 12:00pm, 1:00 - 3:00pm; Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 South Country Club Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Make a gingerbread creation, no baking involved. Pre-registration. $15 members, $20 non. cmofil.com; 423-KIDS

December 22, 26-29, Jan 2
Winter Camp (7:00am - 5:30pm; Nelson Center, 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
A holiday daycare solution for working parents and their kids ages 5-12. $25 per day residents. $28 non. springfieldparks.org | 753-2800

December 22, 26-29, Jan 2
Holiday Camps (7:30am - 5:30pm; Erin's PAvilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
A winter break daycare solution for anyone with or without a disability, ages 5-25. $20 per day residents, $25 non. springfieldparks.org | 753-0702

December 23
SANTA & FRIENDS at Carnival Land inside Dallas & Company (10:00am - 6:00pm, Dallas & Company, 101 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Santa & his friends are visiting Carnival Land inside Dallas & Company on December 16th and December 23rd! Mark your calendars! This is a FREE family event. Santa visits will be from 10:00am-6:00pm with holiday magic shows at 12:00pm, 1:00pm & 2:00pm! All ages welcomed. Remember to bring your cameras! Facebook.com/Dallasandco

December 24
Christmas Eve Service (5:00pm & 7:00pm & 9:00pm, First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring contemporary music and a children's celebration. 793-9760

December 25
14th Annual Holiday Interfair Breakfast (8:30 - 12:00pm; Temple B'rith Sholom, 1008 S 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
We offer a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs with a little "chile verde" sauce, roasted turkey sausages, hot pancakes (chocolate chips of blueberries upon request), fresh fruit, juice and coffee in a warm, comfortable and cordial atmosphere. This breakfast is open to the public to stop in before or after church or their activities on Christmas morning. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1 for children under 12. The best reason for the event is that each year, we give the proceeds to a local charity. This year, money raised will be donated to Springfield Urban League. More information: 525-1360.

December 26
Kwanzaa Celebration (12:00 - 4:00pm; African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African American culture.

December 29
Soup Friday (5:30 - 7:00pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday through February 23, the church will be searinv hommade soup, salad, dessert, tea/water. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, we will also have hommade chili and hot dogs ($1 extra). $5 per person; children under 12 are FREE. All proceeds go to children's ministry. Questions: buzymillie2@yahoo.com

December 31
Happy Noon Year (10:00am - 2:00pm; Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 South Country Club Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Confetti balloon drop at noon plus music, crafts and fun. $6 members, $8 non. childrensmuseumofil.com

December 31
First Night Springfield (1:00-11:15pm; Hoogland Center of the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Afternoon free activites for kids at Springfield High School. Ticketed shows featuring evening music, dance and more at various downtown locations at night. springfieldartsco.org | 753-3519

December 31
New Year's Eve Event (6:00pm; Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Short Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
1970s-themed party features a costume contest, dueling pianos, prime rib meal and more. 622-0099

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