Remembering Lincoln's "Undying Words"
11/22/14 - 12/31/15
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Chicago History Museum have joined forces for exhibition on Lincoln’s greatest years. Abraham Lincoln uttered some of the most famous words in history. He spoke out against slavery, urged his countrymen to reject war and defended “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death.
Memorial's Festival of Trees
11/21/15 - 11/29/15
A holiday tradition that features more than 150 decorated trees, local entertainment, delicious gingerbread cookies and tasty treats. The Festival includes a children's craft area, rides on the Candy Cane Express train, and a market filled with holiday gift items.
Community Open House at the newly renovated Eagle to take place Small Business Saturday
The newly renovated Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center will hold a Community Open House on Saturday, November 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Citizens of Pontiac and the surrounding communities are encouraged to come to The Eagle and tour the newly renovated space. The event is free and open to the public. Holiday treats will be available and tickets will be on sale for the upcoming Vermillion Players’ production of "Home for the Holidays." The open house coincides with Small Business Saturday, a national event that encourages people to patronize local businesses for holiday shopping.
Christmas in the Chapel
Lincoln Christian University invites you to bring your family and friends to what has become a seasonal tradition for more than 25 years...Christmas in the Chapel. Performers for these musical plays are students at the university.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/4/15 - 12/5/15
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday & Saturday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
Elkhart Chapel Christmas Candlelight Service
The Elkhart Historical Society will again offer the traditional Christmas Candlelight Service in the historic Gillett Chapel at Elkhart Cemetery. The date this year is Saturday, December 5, 2015, with service times at 2:00p, 4:00p, 5:30p, and 8:00p. This is an incredible presentation in an absolutely beautiful and quaint little chapel - tickets sell out quickly.
Holiday Show to Open New Eagle Performing Arts And Conference Center
12/11/15 - 12/20/15
The City of Pontiac and the Vermillion Players are proud to announce the first dinner theater show to be performed at the new Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center. An original production, Home for the Holidays, written and directed by Julie Peterson will open on December 11th and run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday Matinees over the course of two weekends.
Virden Lighted Country Christmas Parade & Christmas Market
"Dashing Through The Snow" is the theme for the annual Christmas Parade in Virden this year, held Friday at 7pm. Come check out all the parade entries! See Santa as he arrives on the firetruck at the end of the parade. Also visit the Christmas Market held in two locations on Friday and Saturday; see the Hall of Trees and bring little ones to visit Santa in his house after the parade.
Berwyn's Deck the Depot
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers.
Cahokia Mounds Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance
Wake up early and head over to Cahokia Mounds at the reconstructed Woodhenge. Arrive by 6:50 am. to hear an explanation of the discovery, form and function of this ancient post circle monument used as a calendar by the Mississippians. No ceremonies will be conducted.
First Night Springfield
The 2015 First Night® Springfield is the city’s 28th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on eight stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Get ready for brilliant color, sweet fragrance and great gardening ideas at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano's at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Over 20 feature gardens from top designers bring visitors the first joys of spring and exciting ways to "Do Green. Do Good." The Marketplace's 100 exhibitors is a shopper's paradise; the Kids Activity Garden is so much fun, kids don't realize how much they're learning about greening our world. Garden Gourmet features top chefs with cooking demos.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
The perfect, peaceful early-bird event at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m. One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250.