Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Holiday/Seasonal'

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

Contact Info:

Owens Center
1019 W Lake Ave
Peoria, IL 61614

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.

Christmas at the Camp (Sat. Dec 17, 2016 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Lake Springfield Christian Assembly
1674 Lick Creek Lane
Chatham, IL 62629
(217) 529-2625

The event includes: nativity, live animals, ornament craft, pictures, cookie decorating, popcorn, hot chocolate, hot cider, hay rack rides, and a winter clothing collection.


We will be collecting donations of winter clothing/gear for the James Project at this event. Any size for children up to 18 years old - new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, etc. There will be a collection point at Lakeview Lodge.


Hosted by LSCA and Refuge Ranch. The event is open house style - come and go as you wish throughout the evening.

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 Cantata (Sun. Dec 18, 2016 9:15 am)

Contact Info:

Le Roy Christian Church
603 S. East Street
Le Roy, IL 61752
(309) 962-6491

This year's Christmas Cantata at the Le Roy Christian Church "Come Let Us Adore" returns us to the scene of a humble manager where the great Light of the world was born.


Filled with songs to draw the heart closer to the true hope and joy of the season, this musical is a blend of new seasonal anthems and traditional carols that will awaken different perspectives of the Christmas story.


Join us as we lift up choruses of worship and relive the miraculous story of Christ's birth! If you are unable to join us for the main performance, the dress rehearsal will take place on Saturday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public!


For more info on Le Roy Christian Church, please visit the website listed above.

The King Came Down (Sun. Dec 18, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Messiah Lutheran Church
1601 Avenue F
Sterling, IL 61081

A family worship for all!


Join the children and musicians as we celebrate the good news of Jesus' birth and proclaim the glory of God as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the King of all Creation, came down to earth as a humble baby to begin his work of salvation for all!

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

Contact Info:

Grace Baptist Church
965 East Union
Nokomis, IL 62075

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.

Blue Christmas - A Service of Healing and Hope (Wed. Dec 21, 2016 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
3601 N. North St.
Peoria, IL 61604

For many, the holidays can be a difficult time. Blue Christmas is a service that recognizes that reality and seeks to remind us of the promise of the Christmas season – God with us.


Through candle lighting and singing, a message of God’s reminding us that light conquers the darkness and we are never alone. Come to be reminded that there is abundant hope in this Advent season.


Come stand beside one another and light a candle to tell them there is light and love enough for all. Come to share in this service and create the community we all need.

Christmas Eve Service (Sat. Dec 24, 2016 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sherman Church of the Nazarene
7085 Village Center Dr.
Sherman, IL 62684
(217) 496-3255

Join us on Christmas Eve to explore the Gifts of Christmas by unwrapping the greatest Christmas gift of all--Jesus' birth.


Bring the whole family!

Christmas Eve Service (Sat. Dec 24, 2016 7:00 pm)

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Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

A special children's choir consisting of Trinity Lutheran School students will sing during the service. This is the perfect service for families with younger children.    

Christmas Eve Service (Sat. Dec 24, 2016 11:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a traditional Christmas Eve service.


This is the more traditional Christmas Eve service. The Trinity Adult Choir will sing during the service.  

Christmas Day Service (Sun. Dec 25, 2016 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Trinity Lutheran Church will conduct a 10:00 am Christmas Day service.

New Year's Eve Service (Sat. Dec 31, 2016 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Before the New Yer's Eve parties begin and the crystal ball drops in Times Square, come ring out the old year by attending this New Year's Eve Holy Communion Service.  

New Year's Day Service (Sun. Jan 1, 2017 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Is your New Year's resolution to attend church more often? Celebrate with us at a New Year's Day Holy Communion worship service.

Eagles on the Illinois River (Sat. Jan 7, 2017 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Each year hundreds of bald eagles overwinter in the Illinois River Valley. We dedicate this day to the appreciation of these incredible birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view bald eagles along the river!


The event is free, but donations are requested.

Community Day (Mon. Jan 16, 2017 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for Community Day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.


During Community Day the Museum allows not-for-profit organizations free admission. Not-for-profit groups will be highlighted from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Museum Plaza to spread the word about their organization’s mission. To obtain FREE admission, not-for-profit groups must pre-register with Group Sales, by calling 217-558-8939 or email the address above.


Actor Reggie Guyton presents Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” in the plaza at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.


The 4-H Dancers, from the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Program, directed by Erica T. Austin, will perform in the Museum Plaza at 1:00 p.m. Along with these performances, there will be a display in remembrance of Dr. King in the Plaza.


A special museum admission discount will be given to anyone who buys a new board game to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization of Springfield Illinois. Donate a new board game and receive a $10 discount admission to the museum for a family of four. Discount is available only on Sundays in January and Martin Luther King Day.