Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Holiday/Seasonal'

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Fri. Nov 21, 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.

Hometown Holidays- Christmas Walk (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Uptown Area
1st Ave, 2nd Street & Neighboring streets
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.625.4500
http://rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.html

Free wagon rides, live reindeer, kid's activities, entertainment, & more!

Operation Sleighbell (Fri. Nov 21, 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.

Holiday Bazaar 2014 (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
202 South Peoria Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021
815.284.2849
http://www.fumcdixon.org/?page_id=1347

74th Annual Holiday Bazaar!

 

Time for yummy ham loaf luncheon, cookies, beautiful handcrafted decorations, needlework items, candy, baked goods and many more things. Our 74th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on the lower floor.

 

  • Delicious Cookies
  • Candy Store
  • Christmas Items
  • Baked Goodies
  • White Elephant Sale
  • Stitchery & Crafts
  • Gormet Nuts
  • Coffee Shop

 

Individual Ham Loaf & Salad Buffet Luncheon served at 11:00 a.m. & Noon. $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for 10 yr. olds & under. Tickets may be purchased at the Church office or at the door.

 

Handicapped accessible off Peoria Avenue.

Thanksgiving Farmers' Market (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

U. S. Cellular Coliseum
101 S. Madison St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
309.829.9599
marketing@downtownbloomington.org
http://www.downtownbloomington.org

Everything you buy from our farmers, artists, and prepared food artisans is produced by them. There is a variety of organic and chemical-free produce. It’s all fresh, original, and guaranteed to come from your own community right here in the heartland! BUY FRESH! BUY LOCAL!

Hometown Holidays: Twin Cities Holiday Parade (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sterling, IL
across the bridge
Rock Falls, IL
815.625.4500
http://rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.html

NEW PARADE ROUTE! Starts at 1st Ave. & 6th St. in Sterling, crosses the bridge, turns right on 3rd St., Rock Falls, & left of 5th Ave. to Merrill School.

 

"Santas on the Run" 5K will lead the parade!

 

Children's Party with Santa at Merril School at 2:00 p.m. following the parade! FREE treats & activities for kids. Visit with Santa & LIVE reindeer!

 

For a complete listing of Hometown Holidays events (November 20th-23rd), visit the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's website and/or Facebook page!

Santas on the Run (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Downtown Sterling to Rock Falls
YWCA parking lot
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622
service@srfymca.org
https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/3122/Programs/search.mvc/sessions?program_id=42846

People dressed in Santa suits will take to the streets of Sterling and Rock Falls for the Santas On The Run, a benefit for the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA scholarship fund.

 

Kick off this year’s holiday season with a new family tradition. People of all ages will be dressed in full Santa regalia for the 2-mile run/walk leading the Twin Cities Holiday Parade.

 

This is a great family event for people of all ages and levels of fitness. The event is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit with friends, family, or work colleagues while raising funds for a great cause.

 

The race will start in the YWCA parking lot in downtown Sterling, head over the 1st Ave. bridge to Rock Falls, turn right on 3rd St., and head back to the start.

 

Participants can run it, walk it, skip it, hop it, finish it however they like, as long as they do it in the official four-piece suit that is included with the registration fee. You must register ahead of time! No race-day registrations accepted.

 

Register at the Y, by mail, or online.

 

More information:

http://srfymca.org/posts/santas-on-the-run/

 

To register:

https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/Online/3122/Programs/search.mvc/sessions?program_id=42846

Hometown Holidays: Children's Party with Santa (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Merrill School
602 4th Ave
Rock Falls, IL
815.625.4500
http://rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.html

Children's Party with Santa at Merrill School at 2:00 p.m. following the parade! FREE treats & activities for kids. Visit with Santa & LIVE reindeer!

 

For a complete listing of Hometown Holidays events (November 20th-23rd), visit the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's website and/or Facebook page!

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.