Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Holiday/Seasonal'

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.

 

Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.

 

Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

Handel's Messiah Performance (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Church
1325 E Jefferson Street
Morton, IL 61550

The Morton Community Chorus under the direction of Mr. Philip J. Witzig will present portions of Handel's Messiah. The 72-voice chorus is accompanied by an orchestra, piano and organ. No tickets required. A free will offering will be received.

Hometown Holidays- Festival of Praise (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Andrew's Church
708 10th Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.625.4500
http://rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.html

Enjoy musical talents of local churches.

Community Thanksgiving Service (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Tremont Baptist
105 E. Walnut St.
Tremont, IL 61568
309.925.5913
tbchurch@tremontbaptist.org
http://www.tremontbaptist.org

Everyone is welcome to join the Tremont community. Pastor Dan Perry, pastor of the Tremont United Methodist Church will deliver the message.

Thanksgiving Day Service (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

A Thanksgiving Day Church Service

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Harvest Time Bible Church
1802 Dixon Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.626.1234
pj@htbc.info
http://htbc.info/w/3313/thanksgiving-day-dinner-outeach/

A free full Thanksgiving dinner will be served to all. Also each family attending will recieve a free family photo. Open to the entire Rock River Valley. Meals can be delivered to shut ins at no cost also.

 

Please contact the church by 11.24.14 to let us know how many will be attending! 

FREE Thanksgiving Community Meal (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Central Baptist Church
501 S 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
217.523.3639

You are invited to join us this Thanksgiving for a free meal including turkey, dessert, and all the fixings! Enjoy eating your meal at Central Baptist Church or call ahead for a delivery!

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 am)

Contact Info:

Sharon Health Care Elms
3611 N. Rochelle
Peoria, IL
309.642.9588
peoria@neighborlove.org
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9y0zzcy06f162b4&llr=9zpvyaiab

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Christmas, Neighbor Love, a ministry of E CUBED International, wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors.

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms - 74 seniors total.

 

The gift bags will include skin lotion/shaving cream, socks, a poinsettia, a piece of fruit, a Christmas card, and a stuffed animal/puzzle book. (Exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

The investment to Adopt a Senior for Christmas is just $20 per gift bag.

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A donation of ANY amount is appreciated.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to deliver your bag to the seniors at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st.

 

We will also need volunteers to help assemble the gift bags at Sharon Health Care Elms at 1pm on December 21st.

 

Please visit the above Web site to indicate how you would like to help.

Day AFTER Thanksgiving at SCHEELS (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 am)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd
Springfield
217.726.6330
eventssp@scheels.com
http://www.scheelscommunity.com/locations/springfield-scheels/

Register to win a $250 SCHEELS gift card from November 1st-26th. Winner will be drawn at 2:30 PM on Friday, November 28. 2014. must be present to win. Free hot chocolate from 5:00AM-6:00AM. Store opens at 6:00 a.m. Live Reindeer from Morning Star Productions from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Don’t miss all of the awesome hot buys!!!! The first 250 customers in line the day after Thanksgiving will receive a $10 gift card to be used that day!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Evangelical Free Church
1300 East Chestnut
Canton, Il 61520
309.647.4278
office@cantonefree.com
http://www.evfreecanton.org

The Canton Evangelical Free Church will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving meal at no cost.  There will also be carry out at the church and home delivery available in the Canton area for those that can't get out. For delivery, contact the church office no later than November 22nd.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.

 

Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.

 

Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

Operation Sleighbell (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614
217.531.2005
http://operationsleighbell.org/donors.html

Operation Sleighbell collects donations of new clothes and toys to help families in need at Christmas time. Gifts and donations are tax deductible. The ministry is 100% run and operated by volunteers and donations.

 

Our biggest needs this year are pajamas, toys and coats (all new and unwrapped). Cash donations can also be accepted as it is amazing what kinds of toy deals we can get.

 

Operation Sleighbell has been helping families have a better Christmas for 30 years. Help out by making a donation!

 

Drop off sites include WCIC and Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.

 

If you are a family in need of help this Christmas, Operation Sleighbell will begin taking appointments by phone on November 24, 2014.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.

 

Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.

 

Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

SCHEELS Make an Ornament Kids Klub (Mon. Dec 1, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, IL
217.726.6330
eventssp@scheels.com
http://www.scheelscommunity.com/events/scheels-make-ornament-kids-klub/

Come create one ornament to take home and one ornament to put on the SCHEELS Kids Klub tree to be displayed in the youth department at SCHEELS. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).

Nativity Scene on the State Capitol Rotunda (Tue. Dec 2, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois State Capitol Rotunda
South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL
Julie Zanoza, 217.314.0211 / Tom Brejcha, 312.782.1680 / Salli Chernis, 217.782.8996

Nativity Scene Returns to Illinois State Capitol Rotunda for 7th Straight Year

 

At noon on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will unveil its annual display depicting the newborn Christ Child, lying in a manger inside a handcrafted wooden stable. For the seventh year in a row, the crèche will stand in the center of the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, next to the Governor’s “Holiday Tree.” The Capitol building is located at South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, IL. From noon until 1 p.m. on December 2nd, the SNSC will host a celebration in honor of the true meaning of Christmas, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

The crèche and manger represent a constitutionally protected expression by private citizens, the SNSC, in a traditional public forum, namely, the Capitol Rotunda, where political rallies are routinely held during sessions of the Illinois General Assembly and at other times during the year. This is classic free speech, as well as citizens’ free exercise of their religious faith in the public square, where the sole role of the government is that of a viewpoint-neutral gatekeeper assuring open access for all citizens to have their “say.” Government is neither censor nor endorser of such religious speech. Thus, this SNSC Christmas display is privately funded and sponsored, bereft of any government aid or endorsement, and therefore it is clothed and armored with the full protection of the First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution and its counterpart in our Illinois Constitution of 1970.

 

The SNSC’s primary goal is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. But its secondary mission is to proclaim and demonstrate to the public and to the media alike (statewide and nationwide) that such private expressions of religious belief in the public squares of our nation are not merely tolerated but fully deserving of robust legal protection.

 

The December 2nd event is open to the public. An invocation will be given by an SNSC member, Rev. Bernie Lutchman, President of Business Men in Christ (Springfield). Christmas carols will be sung by the Official Praise Team of Springfield Baptist Church and led by Music Pastor Brian Morgan. Speakers include Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois; Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, who is also an SNSC member and its legal counsel.. Pastor Brian Williams of Broken Chains Church will present a message about Jesus and hope. Chaplain Steve Holden of US Emergency Chaplains Corps (USECC) will dedicate a Christmas wreath in honor of the service and sacrifice of America’s military veterans.

 

The Nativity Scene will be on display in the Rotunda during normal business hours starting on Dec. 2nd and throughout the Christmas season. Any individuals or groups who would like to sing near the Nativity Scene (on weekdays, when the Rotunda is open) can call Salli Chernis of the Sec. of State’s office at (217) 782-8996 for permits. Performances are limited to the noon hour.

 

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Julie Zanoza, SNSC Chair at (217) 314-0211 or Tom Brejcha at (312) 782-1680

Mid-week Advent Service (Wed. Dec 3, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

Trinity Lutheran Church begins mid-week Advent services tonight. Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service.

Sights & Sounds Holiday Concert (Thu. Dec 4, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Big Red Church/First Congregational
311 2nd Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081
815.625.5112
http://www.bigredchurchsterling.org/

This free concert is open to the public. We invite you to participate. In the past, there have been soloists, choirs, quartets and others. All have been from local churches and schools. The concert is always a great part of the Sights & Sounds weekend.

 

Sponsored by the Sauk Valley Area Chamber and Sterling Main Street.

Christmas in the Chapel (Thu. Dec 4, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Christian University Chapel
100 Campus View Dr.
Lincoln, IL, 62656
217. 220.2253
christmas@lincolnchristian.edu
https://www.lincolnchristian.edu/news-and-events/article.php?id=451&print=true

Bring your family and friends to what has become a seasonal tradition for more than 25 years... Christmas in the Chapel. 

Lincon Christian University Chorale is pleased to introduce " The Lion and the Lamb," the 2014 Christmas in the Chapel presentation. Six performances will run from Thursday, December 4 through Sunday, December 7, in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel. 

Enjoy an afternoon or evening of warmth, humor, and some of the most unforettable songs of the season as The Lion and the lamb presents the Christman story for family members of all ages.

Performance times:

Thursday December 4  7 p.m.

Friday December 5    7 p.m.

Saturday December 6  10a.m., 2:30p.m.,7p.m.

Sunday December 7    2:30pm

Ticket request forms will be mailed in October to those on our mailing list.

Download ticket request form here:

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (Fri. Dec 5, 2014 12:00 am)

Contact Info:

Sharon Health Care Elms
3611 N. Rochelle
Peoria, IL
309.642.9588
peoria@neighborlove.org
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9y0zzcy06f162b4&llr=9zpvyaiab

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Christmas, Neighbor Love, a ministry of E CUBED International, wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors.

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms - 74 seniors total.

 

The gift bags will include skin lotion/shaving cream, socks, a poinsettia, a piece of fruit, a Christmas card, and a stuffed animal/puzzle book. (Exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

The investment to Adopt a Senior for Christmas is just $20 per gift bag.

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A donation of ANY amount is appreciated.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to deliver your bag to the seniors at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st.

 

We will also need volunteers to help assemble the gift bags at Sharon Health Care Elms at 1pm on December 21st.

 

Please visit the above Web site to indicate how you would like to help.

"A Traditional Christmas" Concert with the Peoria POPS Orchestra (Fri. Dec 5, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Five Points Washington
360 N. Wilmor Rd.
Washington, IL 61571
309.444.8222
http://www.fivepointswashington.org

Come to Five Points Washington and hear the Peoria POPS Orchestra play your favorite Christmas music! This event has become a timeless tradition in the Peroia area, highlighted by an appearance from Santa Claus himself! This concert is for the whole family, so bring your children and their children and prepare for lots of smiles and happy memories, reliving the beautiful Christmas heritage through the POPS Orchestra and Singers.

 

Cost is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $8 for students; $8 each for groups of 8 or more.

 

For tickets and information, call Five Points Washington