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2018 Holiday Festivities in Central Illinois

The Knell Group
Dec 7 5 minutes read

The Holiday season is upon us and The Knell Group thought it would be NICE (not naughty) to share a list of several area events. Central Illinois offers a wide variety of events throughout the season for young and old. Mark your calender's now!  

*Click heading of each event to be directed to more information *

2018 Folepi’s Winter Wonderland

DATES: November 22 – December 31

Folepi's Winter Wonderland in East Peoria features the most of the Parade of Lights floats in a drive-thru park. Enjoy the scenery from your toasting warm car! Be sure to tune your vehicle's radio to 107.3 for holiday music to accompany your drive. 



Snowman’s Reindeer Farm

DATES: Fri, Sat, Sun   Nov  17 – Dec 24

Located in Canton, IL this unique reindeer farm is a perfect family event. 



Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

DATES:  Daily Thru December 24  |  10:00am-9:00pm

 Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and so much more at the East Peoria Bass Pro Shop. 



Holiday Classics on the Big Screen at Riverfront Museum

DATES:  Dec 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23

Five classic movies on the giant screens at the Riverfront Museum theater in downtown Peoria. 



Jingle Bell Run / Walk for Arthritis

Date: December 1  |  8:00am

Festive 5k run plus many other activities in downtown Peoria 



Historic Holiday Home Tour

DATES: December 1 and 2

Five Historic homes open for touring including the Pettengill-Morron House Museum and the John C Flanagon House Museum. 



Washington Candlelight Stroll

DATE: December 6  |  5:00pm-8:00pm

Join the Washington Specialty Shops on the historic Washington Square and get in to the holiday spirit.  Carriage rides, a visit from Santa, a talking Christmas Tree, community Christmas sing and more.



Santa’s Wildlife Express at Wildlife Prairie Park

DATES: December  7, 8, 9 |  Time Varies  

A Central Illinois favorite, festive train ride at Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City. 



Breakfast with Santa at Kickapoo Creek Winery

DATE: December  8 |  9:00am – 12:00pm

Enjoy a meal with Santa at Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards! 



Santa Claus 5K

DATE: December  8 |  8:00am

The 4th annual 5k race begins at Junction City Shopping Center in Peoria-- EVERY racer is dressed as Santa! 



Peoria Ballet Presents – The Nut Cracker

DATE: December 8 and 9

A night at the ballet at Peoria Civic Center. 



A Very Electric Christmas (By Lightwire Theatre)

DATE: December 9

Live and in complete darkness, this unique show is held at the ICC Performance Arts Center in East Peoria. 



Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular

DATE: December 14  | 7:30pm 

A holiday performance at Peoria Civic Center. 



Central Illinois Ballet presents The Nut Cracker

DATES: December 14 and 15

A beautiful ballet performance at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria 



An American Family Christmas – Five Points Washington

DATES: December 14, 15, 16 

A seasonal music concert in the Five Points hall located in Washington. 



Holiday One Acts

DATES: December 14, 15, 16 

These one-acts performances at the Peoria Players Theater in Peoria are written and directed by local talent. 



The Wizards of Winter     

DATE: December 20

A holiday rock event for the whole family at Peoria Civic Center 



HOI Chefs Ice Carving Competition

DATE: December 29  | 2:00pm

Watch as local chefs compete on the Peoria Civic Center Sonar Tide Patio.  Ice sculptures will be displayed through New Year's Eve... unless they melt! 



BONUS:  Make your New Year’s Eve Plans too…

A Ring a Ding Ding New Year

DATE: December 31  | 7:30pm

This musical revue at the Peoria Players Theater in Peoria will be a night to remember. 


New Year’s Eve Countdown  

DATE: December 31 

Fun for ALL ages throughout New Year's Eve. Don't miss the NYE Ball that's 200 feet in the air lighting up downtown way above City Hall. 

Happy Holidays,

❤ - The Knell Group 

* List is not inclusive of all Central, IL events.

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