december, 2017

8dec - 10All DayHoliday Happenings This Weekend

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Holidays at The White House at  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. 

Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families

December 9-10 Springfield Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker Ballet

A Grand Holiday Tradition! Always a beautiful show with costumes, sets and dancing to delight kids of all ages! Purchase tickets online at Sangamon Auditorium or Call 217-206-6160. Two Shows on November 9th: Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm;  Sunday 2 pm.   Adults $33 Youth $21 for tickets purchased ahead of time.

The Shelbyville Festival of Lights. Located in Forest Park. The daily event is a drive through event with thousands of lights and displays depicting Christmas and holiday events and will be open every night thereafter until Jan 1st, 2018. The drive through festival is supported by donations only.

December 8 & 9 Chatham Light Up the Park drive-through light display at Chatham’s Community Park. $5 suggested donation.

The Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show noon – 4 pm M-F; noon – 5 pm weekends. Floral Show at Washington Park Botanical Garden. The Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias along with its the tropical collection. Poinsettias, tropical plants, and evergreens will overflow the Exhibit Hall for a stunning display. 1740 W. Fayette Avenue, Springfield.

December 9:  Old Capitol Holiday Walks in downtown Springfield.  Shop, dine and drink local: Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Old State Capitol, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, musical performances, vote for your favorite window displays, pop a letter into the Santa mailbox — all for free. In 2017, we’ve added: President Lincoln and one of the best shoppers of all time—Mary Todd—greeting you, dancing SYPG elves on the Plaza, a designated Holiday Walks bus between downtown and participating historic sites, chestnuts roasting on the Plaza, more pop up shops and a lighted Menorah. More information on DSI’s website.


December 8-9 A Walk Through Bethlehem at Elkhart Christian Church. A walk through the streets of Bethlehem – walk with shepherds and hear the angels. Along the way, you’ll encounter an eclectic mix of soldiers, beggars, prisoners, and tax collectors, through a maze of people and places, in order to find the place where Jesus was born. Free and open to all.

December 8: All is Bright at Allerton Park.  Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk(5-8pm). Stop by the Visitor Center for Natural Ornament-Making with the Monticello Area Arts Council (“open house” format from 4-7pm), and complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate. Mamma D’s Smokehouse food truck will be in the Meadow — gather around the fire at the picnic tables to enjoy their gourmet mac and cheese, pulled pork, beef, chicken, and warm apple dumplings (available for purchase)! Warm-up inside the Mansion — we’ll be kicking off the Holiday Showcase (5-8pm; $10/person) with live music, a cash bar, Mansion tours (5:30pm and 6:30pm), and a variety of vendors selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Purchase tickets here

December 8-17 A Charlie Brown Christmas Presented by the Hoogland Education Department, the classic animated television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas Ticket info here

December 9: Springfield Jaycees 2016 Annual Christmas Parade beginning at 7:30pm in the heart of downtown Springfield. The parade will start from the Horace Mann parking and loops around the Old State Capitol on 5th and 6th Streets.

December 9: Christmas at the Front 4 pm – 8 pm. Living Historians tell how Soldiers celebrated Christmas during 4 conflicts: Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II. Hear holiday carols by local choirs. Cookies and hot beverages available afternoon and evening. At the Illinois Military Museum – more information here.

December 9: A Historic Christmas at the Abraham Lincoln Home. 1pm-5pm Back by popular demand, this award-winning program allows visitors to step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, make holidaze-fb-icyholiday crafts, and tour the holiday-decorated Lincoln Home. Tour tickets are free and can be picked up at the Visitor Center front desk, on a first come first serve basis. Come early in the afternoon before free tickets run out. The Lincoln Home Visitor Center is located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. For more information, contact the Lincoln Home Visitor Center at 217-492-4241.

December 9th Toy for (Tater) Tots: Musical Sing Along with Tater Tot Rocks Join Tater Tots Rock at page261 10am at 1340 S State St. Springfield IL for a fun morning of singing & dancing!Admission to this event is FREE with a new unwrapped toy that we will be donating to Toys for Tots.We will have coffee and snacks available!  After the sing along you can shop the Kids Holiday Spot at page261 where kids can find the perfect gift for thier family for the holidays. We will help them make a card and wrap their gift too!

December 9: Olaf’s Adventure Special Event at Barnes and Noble, Children’s Event, Storytime. 11:00 AM Join us as we follow Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. Activities to follow. 

December 10 Caroling at the Carillon: Sing holiday carols accompanied by the Carillon next to a roaring bonfire. Cookies and hot chocolate plus a special visit from Santa. Free and for all ages! 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

December 10 A Calvary Christmas Get in the Christmas spirit with a fun filler night of Christmas music featuring Calvary Big Band, our adult and kids choir and more! Make sure to dress in festive attire and join us for cookies and cocoa after the concert. 6 pm at Calvary Church 501 West Hazel Dell Road.

December 10 The Little Drummer Boy: A Christmas Kids’ Musicalat Springfield First Church of The Nazarene, 5200 S 6th St Rd, Springfield. 10:30 am – noon. See Facebook post for more details.




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  1. Deb says:

    Hi all! I was wondering if you knew about any Live Nativity scenes that any of the Springfield churches are having this year? We went to one a couple of years ago at a church off of Veterans Park Parkway, but I cannot remember the name of the church. Any feedback on this would be so great 🙂 Thank You 🙂

  2. Bethany says:

    Yes, we went to that too! It was such a neat, Christmastime activity. It was at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and it looks like they will be having it on December 9-10 this year.

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