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25+ Holiday Events in Central Illinois

The Knell Group
Nov 15 3 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 calendars now!


1. FOLEPI’s Winter Wonderland
November 23 – December 31

2. PNC Winterfest Outdoor Skating

November 24, January 14

3. FOLEPI's Enachanted Forest, Levee District East Peoria

November 25 – December 31

4. Dozer Holiday Display, CAT Visitor Center

November 29- December 31

5. Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Eastlight Theatre

December 1-10

6. Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro, East Peoria

December 3-24

7. Festival of Lights Holiday River Cruises

December 6-9 and 13-15

8. Stocking Stuffer Store at Northwoods Mall and The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
December 7-10 and 14-16

9. A Christmas Festival Presented by Peoria POPS Orchestra at Five Points Washington
December 8

10. Zion Out Loud: Christmas Carol Singalong at Zion Coffee
December 8

11. Holiday Shop & Stroll, Forest Park Nature Center

December 8 and 15

12. Kristkindlmarkt

December 9-10

13. The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center
December 9-10 - Purchase tickets in advance

14. Santa's Wildlife Express at Wildlife Prairie Park
December 8-10 - Register in advance

15. A Garden Christmas Party at Luthy Botanical Garden
December 8, 9, 15 and 16

16. Santa Clause 5K Run

December 9

17. Chocolate in the Heights

December 9

18. Breakfast with Santa, Wildlife Prairie Park

December 10

19. Eight Nights of Crafts at Peoria Public Libraries
December 12-19

20. The Nutcraker at Illinois Central College, Central IL Ballet

December 15-17

21. An American Family Christmas at Five Points Washington
December 15-17

22. Breakfast with Santa, Kickapoo Creek Winery

December 16

23. Skate with Santa, Owens Center

December 16

24. Winter Dreams, Peoria Symphony Orchestra

December 16

25. Home for the Holidays, Peoria Players Theatre

December 16-17

26. Celebrate Peoria: Christmas Around the World, Peoria Playhouse

December 17

27. Holiday Boredom Busters at Peoria Riverfront Museum
December 25-30

28. NYE Countdown presented by Better Built at PNC Winterfest/Peoria Civic Center
December 31

29. Get Lit Fun Run

December 31

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