Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Holiday/Seasonal'

A Night in Bethlehem (Fri. Dec 9, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Chillicothe Christian Church
510 W. Frances St.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-4419
office@chillicothechristian.net
http://chillicothechristian.net

Experience the sights and sounds of the first Christmas! Imagine entering the ancient city of Bethlehem - being counted in the census, exploring an unforgettable marketplace, tasting authentic foods, making crafts, and visiting with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby! 

 

Enjoy this unique experience during our open house with your family and friends!  

 

Fun for all ages and it is FREE! Please bring canned goods to donate to our local food pantry.

Holiday Shop & Stroll (Fri. Dec 9, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-686-3360
kshoemaker@peoriaparks.org
http://www.peoriaparks.org

On December 2, 9, 10, & 16 come stroll and shop at Forest Park Nature Center!

 

This one-of-a-kind event has become a holiday tradition in central Illinois. Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling; hot wassail and goodies; view and/or purchase unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale; and shop for eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store.

 

Catch your breath and experience an evening guaranteed to get you in the spirit!

Our Savior's LIVE NATIVITY (Fri. Dec 9, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School
2645 Old Jacksonville Rd.
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 546-4531
info@oursaviors-church.org
http://www.oursaviors-church.org

Enjoy a realistic recreation of the amazing story that surrounds the night of our Savior’s birth when you visit Our Savior’s Church & School’s unique drive through live Nativity.

 

This free event features holiday lights, choirs of angels, beautiful displays, and period dressed actors.

 

We invite you to join others in the community who have made Our Savior’s Live Nativity an annual tradition for their families!

Annual Cookie/Goody Walk (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First English Lutheran Church
725 E. Forrest Hill Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 258-7749
kneptun4@gmail.com

The women of First English Lutheran Church will once again be holding their annual Cookie/Goody Walk.

 

You will be able to choose from Christmas cookies, cupcakes, cakes, coffee cake, rolls, and candy items. You can relax and enjoy your Holiday season by picking up a few dozen cookies and enjoy the compliments on your festive holiday treats.

Cookie Walk (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

First United Presbyterian Church
1717 Highwood Ave
Pekin, IL 61554
309-346-1848
http://pekinfpc.org

The public is invited to the annual Cookie Walk, featuring springerle, baked goods, cookies, candy and gift baskets.

Crossroads UMC Annual Cookie Walk (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N. Main St.
Washington, IL 61571
(309) 444-2381
ashaw@mtco.com

No time to bake for the holidays? We can help!

 

We will have a variety of cookies, candy, and other baked goods to choose from.

 

This event is sponsored by the Crossroads United Methodist Women and all proceeds go toward mission work locally and around the world. All items are homemade and donated by church members.

Pekin Area Together Homeschoolig Co-op Christmas Bazaar (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Nazarene
3514 East Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554

The PATH Co-op is having our first annual Christmas Bazaar.

 

There will be 30 vendors, two food trucks from 11-2pm (Nacho Mamas and Meat and Place), mini classes from 1:30-2:45 which include an Oils for Children class and a Meal in a Jar class, and a Santa Secret Workshop going on all day. Children can make keepsake gifts for their loved ones for Christmas.

 

So much is happening during this event - you don't want to miss it!

FBC Marquette Heights Ladies' Christmas Tea (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

FBC Marquette Heights
410 LaSalle Blvd.
Marquette Heights, IL 61554
fbcmarquetteheightsevents@gmail.com

Join us for a time of fellowship with light snacks and teas served by the men of the church. All ladies are welcome to join us as we celebrate the season.

 

$2.00 per person.

 

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact us at the email listed above.

Holiday Shop & Stroll (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-686-3360
kshoemaker@peoriaparks.org
http://www.peoriaparks.org

On December 2, 9, 10, & 16 come stroll and shop at Forest Park Nature Center!

 

This one-of-a-kind event has become a holiday tradition in central Illinois. Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling; hot wassail and goodies; view and/or purchase unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale; and shop for eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store.

 

Catch your breath and experience an evening guaranteed to get you in the spirit!

The Power of the King (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
3514 Broadway Road
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-3053
gnash@pekinfirstnaz.org

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene's KIDZONE Children's Choir is presenting "The Power of the King"!

 

What an awesome opportunity to incorporate a live production into your holiday festivities.

 

The performance is absolutely free of charge. We will be happy to reserve seating to accommodate any group size.

 

After the performance, the audience is invited to a complimentary Christmas Cookie Social in the Family Life Center.

 

For more information or to make reservations, you can contact the church at the phone number and email address listed above.

Our Savior's LIVE NATIVITY (Sat. Dec 10, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School
2645 Old Jacksonville Rd.
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 546-4531
info@oursaviors-church.org
http://www.oursaviors-church.org

Enjoy a realistic recreation of the amazing story that surrounds the night of our Savior’s birth when you visit Our Savior’s Church & School’s unique drive through Live Nativity.

 

This free event features holiday lights, choirs of angels, beautiful displays, and period dressed actors.

 

We invite you to join others in the community who have made Our Savior’s Live Nativity an annual tradition for their families!  

The Power of the King (Sun. Dec 11, 2016 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
3514 Broadway Road
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-3053
gnash@pekinfirstnaz.org

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene's KIDZONE Children's Choir is presenting "The Power of the King"!

 

What an awesome opportunity to incorporate a live production into your holiday festivities.

 

The performance is absolutely free of charge. We will be happy to reserve seating to accommodate any group size.

 

After the performance, the audience is invited to a complimentary Christmas Cookie Social in the Family Life Center.

 

For more information or to make reservations, you can contact the church at the phone number and email address listed above.

Gospel and Christmas Concert (Sun. Dec 11, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodson Baptist Church
109 West St.
Woodson, IL 62695
(217) 673-4401

Come out to Woodson Baptist Church's Gospel and Christmas concert!

 

The concert features the Peeks and Ron Senters from Springfield.

 

The public is invited. Refreshments will be available after the concert.

 

For more information, call Pastor Doug Bell at the phone number above.

Christmas with Annie Moses Band (Mon. Dec 12, 2016 7:15 pm)

Contact Info:

Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center
350 North Illinois Avenue
Morton, IL 61550
309.284.4085
bertha.frank@mcusd709.org
http://www.berthafrank.org/upcoming-events/event/2016/12/annie-moses-band-hosted-by-morton-fine-arts-association

Christmas With Annie Moses Band is a perennial holiday favorite and stands on the PBS charts as one of the most played specials of the season.

 

A flurry of holiday classics, Christmas with the Annie Moses Band is a relentless lineup of songs and carols chock-full of holiday happiness. From the spirited rendition of ‘God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen’ to the breathtaking beauty of ‘O Holy Night’, this evening of music is invigorating, reverential, and transporting.

 

Whether you’re a family intrigued by this family’s musical dynamics or a just looking for a night out on the town, Christmas With Annie Moses Band is the perfect way to spend your holiday evening. So don’t miss out on this cup of musical cheer!

 

Tickets are available here.

Holiday Shop & Stroll (Fri. Dec 16, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-686-3360
kshoemaker@peoriaparks.org
http://www.peoriaparks.org

On December 2, 9, 10, & 16 come stroll and shop at Forest Park Nature Center!

 

This one-of-a-kind event has become a holiday tradition in central Illinois. Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling; hot wassail and goodies; view and/or purchase unique nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale; and shop for eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store.

 

Catch your breath and experience an evening guaranteed to get you in the spirit!

Cookie Walk and Pancake Breakfast (Sat. Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Williamsville UMC
128 E Jones St.
Williamsville, IL 62693
217-566-3614
wumc@casscomm.com

Come out to Williamsville United Methodist Church's  Annual Cookie Walk and Pancake Breakfast!

 

Cookies will be $5/pound with a large variety of cookies available. Breakfast will be $5/adult and $3/children.

Skate with Santa (Sat. Dec 17, 2016 2:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Owens Center
1019 W Lake Ave
Peoria, IL 61614
309-686-3366
dsilberer@peoriaparks.org
http://www.peoriaparks.org

Santa loves the chilly air inside Owens Center!

 

Come see him for yourself while skating with your family and friends.

 

$4 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and over. Skate rental is $3 per person.

An Evening of Winter Enchantment (Sat. Dec 17, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Owens Center
1019 W. Lake Ave
Peoria, IL 61614

Come see local figure skating talent at the Peoria Owens Center hosted by the Heart of Illinois Skating Club.

 

Admission: Bring a toy to donate to the local children in need.

The Love of The Lamb (Sat. Dec 17, 2016 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church
323 South Grand Avenue West
Springfield, IL 62704

Come and hear the complete Christmas story that will take you beyond the manger.

 

Learn about Joseph's journey and Mary's memories. Follow Jesus from His childhood to the Cross and from the Resurrection to His return.

 

We believe you will find the meaning and joy of Christmas as you experience the Love of the Lamb, and are reminded of the real reason He came.

Christmas Musical Program (Sun. Dec 18, 2016 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Baptist Church
965 East Union
Nokomis, IL 62075
http://graceisgood.org

The children and youth of Grace Baptist Church will be presenting a musical program in Spelling Bee format. It is an amusing performance that has contestants spelling the names of Jesus in competition for parts in the nativity scene.

 

FREE admission for all ages and people from all church affiliations will enjoy this special, one night production.