Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Holiday/Seasonal'

Fun Frosty Friday (Fri. Nov 24, 2017 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. 6th St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 558-8844

Fun Frosty Friday is a free family event that features a roaming magician, face painting, balloon artist, Life Size Candy Land Adventure, hot cocoa bar, Civil War tech, an art center, prize wheel, barrel train and more! Santa will be making an appearance as well! 


Fun Frosty Friday will be at the Presidential Library, Museum and (if weather permitting) Union Square Park. 


For more information visit the link above.


Don't forget to stop by the Presidential Museum to explore our Newest exhibit 'Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas'! This exhibit will open November 17 - January 7.

Historic Delavan Shopping (Sat. Nov 25, 2017 7:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Ebenezer Art Studio & Gallery, Common Ground Bakery and Coffee
312 Locus St., 412 Locus St.
Delavan, IL 61734

Shop small in Historic Delavan for great affordable gift ideas.


  • Ebenezer Art Studio and Gallery & Beauty of a Site: Open 10a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Common Ground Bakery and coffee: Open 7am-11am

FREE Donut Breakfast (Sat. Nov 25, 2017 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Central Christian Church
359 W College Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Tired of cooking after the Thanksgiving holiday? Have family staying with you for the weekend? Need to fuel up before more holiday shopping? Join us for FREE donuts and fruit!

Christmas in the Country - Athens and Cantrall (Sat. Nov 25, 2017 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Locations throughout Athens and Cantrall

There will be 18 locations throughout the Athens and Cantrall areas open for your shopping pleasure!


You’ll find a wide variety of wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, craft items, doll clothes, live poinsettias, wood items, purses, candles, kitchen items, clothing, homemade candies, custom shirts, greeting cards, Christmas decor, repainted furniture, boutique items, & delicious food for breakfast & lunch.


Please see us on Facebook for locations. Locations, lists, and maps will also be available at area businesses.


For more information, please contact Karen at the phone number listed above.

Nativity Scene Christmas Celebration Service in the Capitol (Tue. Nov 28, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois State Capitol Building
401 S. Second Street
Springfield, IL 62756

Come out to the nativity scene launching service in the Illinois State Capitol!


Music will be provided by the Chosen Generation Singers led by Don Hunt. Speakers include local pastors and a representative from the Thomas More Society of Chicago.


This hour long service is free and open to the public.


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first nativity scene in the State Capitol Building.

OCC Processing Center Mission Trip (Fri. Dec 1, 2017 7:00 am)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 258-2615

Ever wonder what happens to Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes after they are collected? On this mission project trip, you will inspect, sort, and ship over 10,000 shoeboxes in just one weekend.


The trip departs Friday, Dec 1 at 7 a.m. from Northwoods Church and returns Sunday, Dec 3 at 7 p.m. to Northwoods Church.\


Included: Peoria Charter Bus transportation, two nights in a hotel with breakfast, dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, transportation to Mall of America for your Saturday night dinner and shopping.


Cost: $300 per person, Double occupancy (Mission Trip Tax Deduction)


Trip Sponsors: Northwoods Community Church and the OCC Central Illinois Area Team.


There are only 50 spots available, so sign up soon! You can email the address listed above to register and get more information. The minimum age is 13 and ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sherman United Methodist Church
2336 E. Andrew Rd.
Sherman, IL 62684
(217) 496-2338 ext. 5

“Village Christmas” Bazaar and Cookie Walk will be held at the Sherman United Methodist Church!


Do your Christmas shopping and baking in one stop! Take home a Swedish Tea Ring or cookies from the Cookie Walk. Shop at craft and gift booths. Enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or a turkey noodle lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Admission is free. All proceeds are used to support missions of the Women of the Sherman United Methodist Church. For more information call the church at the phone number above or Sue Burge at (217) 496-2984.

New Beginnings Apostolic Church First Annual Christmas Bazaar (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Beginnings Apostolic Church
3121 E Elm St
Springfield, Illinois 62702

We are having our first annual Chriastmas Bazaar!


There will be local craft/retail vendors and food to purchase onsite.


This is a great opportunity to shop local and support your community!

Breakfast with Santa (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Pearce Community Center
610 W Cedar

Pancake and sausage breakfast, caroling, and a visit from Santa!

A Very VisionWay Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

VisionWay Christian School
1124 N Webster St
Taylorville, IL 62568

Shop local this Christmas season at "A Very VisionWay Christmas" Craft & Vendor Fair.


Our 35+ crafters and vendors have been busy creating unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list! Free admission and free parking.


Grab a few friends and make a day of it-- sample some goodies at the bake sale, enjoy a delicious lunch (available 11am-1pm), bid on an amazing gift basket at the silent auction, and shop till you drop!

All Saints Episcopal Church Morton Annual Cookie Sale (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

All Saints Church Basement
201 Chicago Street

Church selling home made holiday cookies by the pound ($6.50).


Proceeds benefit community outreach.

Illinois Christians Invited to Pray at Prisons (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria County Jail
301 N. Maxwell Rd. Peoria Il.
Peoria, IL.

 Christian Library International, a prison ministry based in Raleigh, NC, is inviting groups in Illinois to pray on the sidewalk outside correctional facilities for the organization’s sixth annual Prayer at the Prison Gate.


CLI serves 1,600 correctional facilities nationwide with Bibles, Christian books, and correspondence Bible studies. There are 44 Illinois jails and prisons on the ministry’s distribution list.


A group will be meeting at the visitor parking lot to participate in the prayer event. Those attending will sing Christmas carols and lift up the spiritual needs of everyone connected with these facilities: inmates, chaplains, guards, wardens, volunteers, and the victims of crimes committed by residents. All are welcome to attend.

Bells in Motion Hand-bell Concert (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Mennonite Church
250 S. Baltimore Avenue
Morton, IL 61550

Come to the First Mennonite Concert! Doors will be open one half-hour before the concert! Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 per every child age 12 and under! Tickets can be purchased at the door.


Bells in Motion is a progressive hand-bell ensemble from Springfield, IL. Formed in 1997, 19 members of this auditioned group came from Central Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Since their inception, they have performed at many notable venues and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. They combine seven octaves of bronze and aluminum hand-bells and chimes. They also use string bass, percussion, and piano to enhance the music. Their music ranges from jazz to classical, big band to blues, Broadway to rock, and sacred to original compositions. Bells in Motion also has two CD's for sale: "Sleigh Bells" and "Bronze Images." Both CD's can be purchased at the concert or are available by visiting the group's website at the link above! Reception will follow the concert in the fellowship hall at the church.

Christmas Through Jewish Eyes (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cornerstone Baptist Church
18040 Unsicker Rd.
Groveland, IL 61535
(309) 266-5557

Justin Kron with Chosen People Ministries will be presenting Christmas Through Jewish Eyes at Cornerstone Baptist Church.


This is open to the public. A love offering will be received.

Women's Christmas Event with Jill Savage (Mon. Dec 4, 2017 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Canton Evangelical Free Church
1300 E. Chestnut St.
Canton, IL 61520

Canton Evangelical Free Church will be hosting a Women's Christmas Event with Jill Savage!


It will be a beautiful evening of Christmas lights, music, dessert, and a special time with Jill. She will be discussing real gift giving.


This Christmas message is perfect for every woman. You'll be inspired, encouraged, and equipped to give some beautiful, relationship-preserving gifts to those who are most precious to you this Christmas!


Tickets are $20 and go on sale to the public Nov. 13th. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6. Seating is limited.


Ladies may purchase tickets at our website linked above.

Ebenezer Scrooge: The Spirits of Christmas and Political Conversion (Tue. Dec 5, 2017 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Chiara Center
4875 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL 62707

All are welcome to a sumptuous holiday feast and a lively presentation by Fr. Richard Chiola who will unpack Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" and show how it calls for true justice in our present political climate.


Fr. Chiola is a retired priest of the Diocese of Springfield and former professor of theology at Yale who now has a private practice in spiritual direction and counseling.


Characters from the story will be on hand to welcome guests and serve the meal.


An RSVP is required by December 1st and a $20.00 contribution covers dinner and the evening's presentation. Call the number above for more information.

Capital Area Concert Band Christmas Concert (Tue. Dec 5, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran School
515 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Spriingfield, IL 62704

The Capital Area Concert Band (CACB) is presenting its annual community Christmas concert!


The CACB is an inter-generational group comprised of 60+ volunteer members, ages 18-80. The concert will include two Leroy Anderson holiday favorites, "Sleigh Ride," and "A Christmas Festival."


This concert is free and open to the public.

Art Circle Reception at Broadview Mansion (Thu. Dec 7, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

IBF Broadview Mansion
1301 S. Fell
Normal, IL 61761

Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts.


Members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal will show their work at Broadview Mansion. More than 20 pieces of two-dimensional artwork and sculpture will be on display in this annual exhibit by Art Circle. Some art is available for purchase.


An opening reception with the artists for the show will be held  at the Mansion. The Immanuel Bible Foundation will be holding a Christmas Open House in conjunction that will include music, mansion tours and dessert.


Please direct any questions to Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal or the email above.

A Night in Bethlehem (Fri. Dec 8, 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Chillicothe Christian Church
510 W. Frances St.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-4419

A Night in Bethlehem is a joyful outreach event that we are hosting to make the Christmas season “come alive” for our community.


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


It usually takes about an hour to see everything. This event is free and suitable for all ages.


The tax collector will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the local food pantry.

Zion Out Loud: Christmas Carol Sing Along (Fri. Dec 8, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Zion Coffee
803 SW Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602

Bring your family, invite your friends and come sing your hearts out with us. We are so excited to announce that our second Zion Out Loud event is a Christmas carol singalong!


Partnered with Ephiphany Church, we’ll sing some of our favorite Christmas carols like "Joy to the World", "Silent Night", "Jingle Bells" and many others! We will be serving a special holiday drink that night, including one for the kids! 


No tickets needed. Just come! All proceeds from this event will be donated directly to support the coffee farmers and Zion co-owners. Banu and Mike Hatfield have also pledged to personally match the first $500 of the night's proceeds.