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2016-2017 Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/4/16 - 4/8/17
Atlanta

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from November 2016 through April 2017. The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Cafe, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm. Reservations are required and limited to approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Cafe will feature a set of dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program, and feel free to BYOB. Phone 217-648-5077 to make a reservation for any of the scheduled Dinner Programs.

Enjoy the holidays at Springfield historic sites
11/30/16 - 12/18/16
Springfield
The state’s historic sites in Springfield are celebrating the holidays with the city. Activities include visits from Santa Claus, unique holiday decorations and children’s reading events.
 
Both the Old State Capitol and the Dana-Thomas House will be taking part in the weekly Holiday Walks organized by Downtown Springfield Inc. Walks are scheduled on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Christmas on the Prairie
12/3/16
The City of Lexington is excited to announce the expansion of Christmas on the Prairie! Activities begin at 9am and continue on into the evening hours. Light Up Lexington, the holiday house decorating contest also kicks off the evening of December 3rd.  Participant addresses will be distributed during the day and will also be posted online.
Christmas at the Courthouse
12/3/16
Bloomington-Normal
Join the McLean County Museum of History this holiday season for a day of festive activities with musical performances, children’s crafts, storytelling, holiday treats, a visit from Santa and much more. The fun begins immediately following the JayCees parade at 11:00 a.m. 
Elkhart Chapel Christmas Candlelight Service
12/3/16 - 12/4/16
Elkhart
The EHS Annual Christmas Chapel Service on Elkhart Hill has become a traditional way of starting the Christmas season for many families and continues to draw people from a variety of cities in central Illinois. Our candlelight service for 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 with 4 services at 2:00, 4:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m.
Christmas at the Mansions
12/10/16
Bloomington-Normal
The very popular Bloomington-Normal annual holiday event, "Christmas at the Mansions," featuring tours of David Davis Mansion, Ewing Manor, and a third secret location being described this year simply as the "Mystery House," will be held on Saturday, December 10th.
First Night Springfield
12/31/16
Springfield

The 2016 First Night® Springfield is the city’s 29th 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.

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