Peoria Area

Peoria Area

Peoria, IL
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Thanksgiving Eve Service (Wed. Nov 22, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Castle Bible Church
17931 Dee Mac Rd.
Mackinaw, IL 61755
(309) 447-6486

Begin the holiday season by focusing your heart and mind on God's goodness and our gratefulness.


Join us for a special Thanksgiving Eve Service hearing a few people's stories of how God blessed their lives, learning from a short devotional, and worshiping our great God through song.


Everyone is welcome!

Black Friday Fitness Bash (Fri. Nov 24, 2017 8:30 am - 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Pearce Community Center
610 W Cedar

Skip the shopping crowds and join the dynamic instructors at Pearce to burn off all those Thanksgiving calories. 


8:30-9 - Step Aerobics


9-9:30 - Les Mills Body-Pump


9:30-10 - Les Mills Body-Attack


10-10:30 - Hip Hop


10:30- 11 Zumba


Free and open to the public!

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

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.

Training for Tots (Sat. Dec 2, 2017 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Titan Fitness Washington
52 Sunnyland Plaza
Washington, IL 61571

In an effort to raise money for Toys for Tots, Titan Fitness in Washington will be hosting a marathon of fitness classes.


There will be a 30-minute preview of all of our fitness classes, a raffle, and supplements and samples from a few local vendors. Enjoy one of our classes or stay for hours of sweat and fun by trying all 10!The grand prize raffle drawing will win a 1-year gym membership. 


To help support our event, McMahon's Pints and Plates will be donating 10% of their food sales from 3pm-6pm.  Work up a sweat and enjoy a tasty meal afterwards...all for a great cause!


The cost will be $10 or a $10 toy to donate to Toys for Tots.  100% of profits will go to benefit Toys for Tots.

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!

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.

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.

Orpheus Club Winter Concert (Sun. Dec 3, 2017 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Federated Church
3601 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61604

The Orpheus Club Men's Choir has been entertaining the Peoria area with male voice four-part harmony for 115 years. Join them for their winter concert!


Come hear a delightful afternoon of music under the direction of Russel Boulton, and be transported by songs of the season.


Admission is $5 at the door. There are no reserved seats.

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.

Armor of God Cancer Support Group (Wed. Dec 6, 2017 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Galena Park Baptist Church
5831 N. Galena Rd.
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
(309) 690-7109

We are a peer to peer support group. We will learn how to put on the whole armor of God and also learn how to shift out thinking to positives instead of negatives.


Please join us in a different type of support. For God is with us not against us. Understand that evil is trying to break our strong hold we have with God.


If you have questions please contact Kim at the phone number or email address listed 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.

Keokuk Junction Railway Santa Train (Sat. Dec 9, 2017 8:30 am - 5:15 pm)

Contact Info:

Six stops along the KJRY railroad line
Various (see below)
Various (see below)
(309) 697-1400

Keokuk Junction Railway Co. will be operating its annual Santa Train!


Santa Claus will join Keokuk Junction Railway Co. employees and will make six stops along the KJRY's railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations, and to confirm their Christmas lists. Santa will arrive at each location by train and children are welcome to visit Santa aboard his caboose for no charge.  


Our complete schedule is as follows:

  • Mapleton at Mapleton Road: 8:30am arrival
  • Glasford at Oak Street near City Park: 9:35am arrival
  • Breeds at Co Road 23: 11:25am arrival
  • Canton at 2nd Ave near the former TP&W Railroad Office: 1:30pm arrival
  • Cuba at 3rd Street: 3:45pm arrival
  • Smithfield at Main and Front Street: 5:15pm arrival


Santa Claus is looking forward to seeing all his young friends!

Gifting Hope Market (Sat. Dec 9, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Federated Church - in the Life Together Center
3625 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 691-6322

The Gifting Hope Market is an alternative of gifting, offering hope to those in need with donations to nonprofit organizations locally and globally.


Over 25 charitable organizations will have representatives at the market to explain how they impact the community through the clients they serve.


Organizations include Camp Big Sky, The Christian Center, Compassion International, Habitat for Humanity, Peoria Public Schools Foundation, Salvation Army, and many more!


Food and entertainment will be provided with Spotted Cow Ice Cream, along with Heaven's Popcorn and local musical artists.


So, how does it work?

  • A shopper will have the opportunity to select from over 25 nonprofits
  • The shopper buys the item/gift and it is given in honor of a loved one, family member, friend, etc.
  • Instead of purchasing a tangible gift, their donation will be used to fund a specific need of the nonprofit they choose
  • Upon purchase of the gift, the recipient will receive a card describing the gift and charity to which it was given signed by the shopper


Come join us in helping over 25 charitable organizations that will all be in one location at the same time for a special opportunity to give gifts that can truly give hope to those who need it most.

The Story of Hope: Celebrate (Sat. Dec 9, 2017 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

North Parkway Assembly of God
1209 N Parkway Drive
Pekin, IL 61554

This is a Christmas concert featuring Jeff & April Davis.


Tickets will be required. Space is limited.


This event is being underwritten by North Parkway Assembly of God.

An Evening with Little River Band's Wayne Nelson (Fri. Dec 15, 2017 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Chillicothe Town Theatre
1029 Second Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-3150

Chillicothe native Wayne Nelson of The Little River Band and his wife, Author Rhonda Nelson will be providing an evening of interactive songs and stories.


Joining Wayne and Rhonda will be are two other members of The Little River Band, Greg Hind and Chris Marion. The evening will be a combination of acoustic music with Wayne, Greg and Chris, and Rhonda sharing from her book "A Different Life", about being married to a musician.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program begins at 7:30.


Purchase tickets online at the link above or at the Chillicothe Town Theatre.

Follow The Star - Northwoods Christmas Production 2017 (Fri. Dec 15, 2017 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615

Invite friends, family and neighbors to enjoy any of nine free performances of a Christmas Musical extravaganza - an inspiring, contemporary family tradition for tens of thousands of people every year!

An American Family Christmas (Fri. Dec 15, 2017 7:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Five Points Washington
360 N. Wilmor Rd.
Washington, IL 61571
(309) 693-6725

It just isn’t Christmas until you’ve experienced the Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s An American Family Christmas!


Get into the Yuletide spirit with beautiful music from classic carols like “The First Noel” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” to secular holiday favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”


Each performance will feature the Civic Chorale, the Civic Chorale’s Youth Chorus, a performance by one of our Young Artist Competition winners and our special featured soloist for Christmas 2017, lyric soprano Shelby Jones Wehrenberg.


Tickets are $8 for students, $20 for adults, and $18 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available to purchase at the website or phone number above or at the door the day of the event.