Archive for December, 2014

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The Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) continues through 5 pm today (New Year’s Eve) featuring a display of African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Conservatory admission are waived, however donations are accepted.

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland ends tonight at 9 pm (New Year’s Eve) at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield ends its run tonight (New Year’s Eve) with doors opening at 6 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm and show at 8 pm.  Price is $35 per person. For reservations and more information, call 309-965-2545 or visit www.barn2.com
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (New Year’s Eve) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Henry Phillips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (New Year’s Eve) at 8 pm & 11 pm, Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm and10:30 pm. Tickets are $21 tonight (New Year’s Eve), $15 for the Friday show and the Saturday 8 pm show and $12 for the 10:30 pm Saturday show. Tonight’s (New Year’s Eve) 8 pm show includes a hot and cold buffet starting at 7 pm and the 11 pm show includes door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Special Salsa Dance will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (New Year’s Eve) from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for an introductory lesson and the party runs from 9:30 pm – 1 am. Included are party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members.
Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center , an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place on Thursday (New Year’s Day) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take the stage tonight (New Year’s Eve) in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission includes dinner, drinks (draft beer, house wine, soft drinks and mixed drinks), New Year’s Eve party favors and the show and is $85 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The EDM New Year’s Eve ILLUMNINATE! Party with Thousands and Substance D, DJ Timmy 2x, DJ McFly, and IX3 will take place tonight (New Year’s Eve) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) tonight (New Year’s Eve) beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s Ristorante in East Peoria. Entry fees are $5 per person for the run only or $15 per person for the run and the pizza party. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Polar Plunge 2015 will take place at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) on New Year’s Day (Thursday) beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Cost to participate is $20 per person and all proceeds will be donated to 13 area charities.  For more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.eastpeoriaboatclub.com

The 2015 Frozen Buns Resolution Run will take place on the Riverfront outside of Running Central (located at 311 SW Water Street in Peoria) beginning at Noon. Registration is $35 and is available and more information at www.resolutionrunpeoria.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

A Winter Wonder Walk will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 9:30 am. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center

Bradley Braves Basketball will take on Southern Illinois Salukis at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Delta Waves, Howlback, The Oceanographers, and TEAADORA will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit at www.limelighteventplex.com

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $21, $31, $41, $51 and $86 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 30 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). The library will be closed on Thursday (Christmas Day). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Forest Park Nature Center will be closed on Thursday (Christmas Day). For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs Friday through New Year’s Eve (no show on Christmas Day). On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Friday featuring a display of African plants throughout the Holiday Poinsettia Show. Learn the significance of Mishumaa Saba and Zawadi. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, however donations are accepted.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths on Friday & Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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Ronnie Baker Brooks will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Blue Christmas will be presented at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 9 pm featuring local professionals Joe Roderick, Drift Roberts & Jeff Bailey. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Illinois -Chicago at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

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The 31st Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 21 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings – whomever they wish – while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $8. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall (located in the upper Level near Sears, across from The Smo-King Pit) and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (in the former Coldwater Creek) on December 20 – 21. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Bradley Braves will take on Eureka College at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Dr. Gonzo will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $14. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Nutcracker 2014 Concert featuring Chevelle and special guests Nothing More, Crobot, Raw Fabrics and the 105.7 The X House Band Motor Biscuit will take place on Friday at Expo Gardens Youth Building (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. and VIP tickets are $60 and are available at Co-op Records locations in central Illinois and Mega Replay in the Metro Center or online HERE

Tab Benoit will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 VIP Table tickets, $25 reserved seating ($29 the day of the show) or $20 for standing room only ($24 the day of the show) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Carpenters’ Christmas, based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, will be presented on Friday at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

An American Family Christmas will be performed at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Joseph Henry returns to direct featuring traditional carols and Christmas spirituals. Tickets are $20 adults, $8 students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725 or visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Lightwire Theater will present A Very Electric Christmas at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 – $36 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Skate With Santa will take place at Owens Center on Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and up and $4 for ages 65 and older. Skate rental is $3. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

United Presbyterian Church and Look It’s My Book! will present a public reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens at the church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor in Peoria) on Saturday at 3 pm. Local media and community personalities will bring the story alive and the church’s musical groups will provide classic and original renditions of Christmas carols. For more information, call 309-693-2002 or visit www.unitedpc.org

Sister Act will be presented in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring your favorite seasonal songs brought to life by local performers, tickets are $15 all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.org

Music in the McKenzie will take place at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 2 – 4 pm featuring the Henhouse Prowlers. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2014 Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party on Sunday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Sharon Health Care Elms (located on 3611 N. Rochelle in Peoria). Donations are $20 per gift bag and donations are tax deductible. The deadline to Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is 12-19. To donate and/or volunteer, visit www.adoptasenior.net

A Celtic Winter Solstice: A Celebration in Story and Song will take place at the Fox Pub & Cafe (located at 7800 N. Sommer St. in Peoria) at 4:30 pm & 7 pm featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis & Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. Reservations highly encouraged and are available by calling 309-692-FOX3. For more information, visit www.thefoxpubandcafe.com

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game, 2 Tickets to A Very Electric Christmas, 2 Tickets to Sister Act or 2 Tickets to the Ball Drop at the Ballpark on New Year’s Eve!

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Vatican Museums 3D will be shown in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday, at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. The film offers an inside look at the Vatican Museums and well-known masterpieces, as well as pieces never before shown to the public. Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens aged 60+ and $12 for children aged 3-17. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Goody, Goody Gumdrops at Proctor Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm. Make and create crafts and participate in fun holiday activities. Admission $3 per person and Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) continues its production of The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday plus a holdover show on Sunday at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Heywood Banks will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available.
A Riverlife Christmas Dinner Show Cruise featuring Scott and Rachel Kramer will board on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and 22.50 for children. To reserve your spot for either cruise or for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday and from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal encounters and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public. For tickets, call 309-676-0998. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Night in Bethlehem Open House will take place at Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances Street in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Enter the ancient city of Bethlehem, be counted in the census, explore an unforgettable Marketplace where you can taste authentic foods, make crafts and visit with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free. For more information, email office@chillicothechristian.net or visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Spring Creek Station on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday, storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

28 North will perform at the Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $3 in advance $5 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

High School Musical, presented by Corn Stock for Kids, continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday plus a holdover performance on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its “Sounds of the Season” concert at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 N. State Route 91 in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring performances by Leslie Manfredo, Lee Wenger and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

The 5th Annual Kristkindlmarkt will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors (both indoors and outdoors) who will offer a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods.  Imported items from Germany and Austria will also be available, including smokers. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

An open enrollment event for Get Covered Illinois will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch Peoria Public Library where certified navigators and interpreters will assist those who are applying for health insurance coverage. Additional enrollment times include the first and third Tuesdays from 10 am – 6 pm at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library and the second and fourth Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lincoln Branch. For more information on the Get Covered Event, call Heartland Community Health Clinic at 309-680-7621 or Get Covered Illinois at 217-685-6312.

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will learn about snow and ice by conducting a salt and ice experience, creating snowflakes, and playing with “Insta-Snow,” a polymer that erupts into “snow” in seconds, mimicking the texture of real snow. The event is included in admission which is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place at the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 7 pm featuring unique shopping, holiday treats and free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa. Those spending $25 or more at a participating business will receive a coupon to enter the Folepi’s Winter Wonderland drive-through display for free. For more information, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com

The Peoria Ballet will present The Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, and $45 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.peoriaballet.org

TazWood Dance Company will present “One Last Time“, the final performance for the company, on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

JT Hodges will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will lead a Christmas Carol Sing at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) at 2:30 pm on Sunday, followed by a showing of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Admission is $5. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (located at 607 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Sing along as the audience participates in the choruses or simply enjoy the show. Admission is free. Vocal scores will be available for purchase at the door for $5 for students and $10 for adults. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria Christmas Drive. For more information, call 309-671-1550.

Mary Finch, a Eureka native and a soprano with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, will perform a Concert of Christmas Songs on Sunday beginning at 4 pm at Eureka Christian Church (located at 302 S. Main St. in Eureka). Also performing is San Francisco Opera Chorus tenor Dan Stanley with Laura Weaver Hughes as accompanist. The program will include selections from the musical “Showboat” and traditional Christmas music. Admission is $10. Proceeds will go to the church’s music program and a planned summer music and arts festival at Eureka College. For reservations, call 877-892-7823 or reserve and order online at http://www.eureka.edu/event/mary-finch-home-for-christmas

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Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Our Veterans and Their Memories” is on display through December 31 at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery (located at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria). Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland runs through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Morton Community Bank will hold its 36th Annual Community Christmas Sing tonight (Thursday) at the Jackson Street location in Morton beginning at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Washington Square Candlelight Stoll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Washington beginning at 6 pm. Featuring carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas sing, tree lighting and the Salvation Army Band, stores will be open until 8 pm. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Rosser Brothers Band on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Kevin Meaney will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Lunch Show Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will board on Friday beginning at Noon at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria and cruise from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $39 for adults and 19.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will take place also on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruise from 7 – 9 pm.  Tickets for the Dinner Cruise are $43 for adults and $21.50 for children.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm at the downtown businesses on Court Street in Pekin. Featuring more than 1,000 luminaries with strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission will be waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 pm for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

The Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) will take place on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries, live holiday storytelling and caroling, hot wassail and goodies plus unique nature-related artwork and eco-friendly, organic, and Fair Trade items. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Traditional Christmas with the Peoria POPS Orchestra will take place at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students through college and for groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

High School Musical will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park, 1700 N Park Road in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria Players (located at 4300 N University in Peoria) will present The Sound of Music beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday . Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469).

Lil’ Durk, Katie Got Bandz, Lil Mouse and Geech will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40 general admission and $100 for VIP with a “meet and greet”  Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office, online at www.limelighteventplex.com as well as Kareena’s & Club Envy.

The Annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus, will make six stops on Saturday along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and allow them to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free. The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival, Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival. Santa will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

Critter Christmas features breakfast and crafts in the Peoria Zoo lodge (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am plus a visit in the Zoo. The animals will get gifts while you watch plus Santa will be making a visit. Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Tickets are $6 for Zoo members or $12 for non-members and are available at the Peoria Zoo. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) will host a Family Breakfast at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. The event helps support scholarships that provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at www.acornequalityfund.org/index.html

An Anti-Racism Workshop for the Peoria area will take place on Saturday from 9:30 am -3:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria). Presented by the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, coffee will be served at 9 am and lunch will also be provided. For more information, call 847-710-1692. Admission is $25 per person and registration is available online at www.episcopalchicago.org

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Riverplex on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Participants dress in costumes appropriate for the season and those with a bib will receive free admission to the Peoria Park District’s Klondike Festival. Cost is $30 for individuals or $35 the day of the race, $20 for ages 18 & under or $25 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race all benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jinglebellpeoria.org

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place on Saturday at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring World War II veterans, historians, and re-enactors of the days leading up to the Battle of the Bulge with reenactment at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Homestead. Demonstrations will include a look into daily soldier life, military vehicles, drills and food preparation. Cost is $3 per person. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Klondike Festival will take place on Saturday on the Peoria RiverFront from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 & under as well as Jingle Bell Run/Walk participants Featuring live music by the Feudin’ Hillbillys and JammSammich, a Rivermen Hockey Puck Shot, a Best Beard Contest, an Ice Stein Challenge, life-sized beer pong plus the Klondike Race, a human dog-sled race made up of teams of 5 who will pull sleds across the RiverFront. Registration for the race is $100 and includes admission to the festival and a shirt for each member of the team. Register HERE

A Toys for Tots Holiday Extravaganza will take place on Saturday at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N. Galena Road in Peoria) from 4 – 7 pm to collect toy donations for less fortunate children in the Peoria area. There will be activities for children throughout the showroom including pictures with Santa and refreshments available. Admission is one new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. RSVP and find more information by calling 309-691-2929.

The Splendor of Christmas Past featuring 5 historic homes decorated for the holidays each representing a unique architectural style will be held on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket and are available at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery in downtown Peoria, Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights, Jim Maloof Realtor on Pioneer Parkway and the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, Gregg’s Florist on War Memorial Drive or at the Society’s Washington Street office. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Songs From the Woods Concert Series will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) with a holiday concert featuring Small Potatoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will present The Nutcracker on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Rebekah von Rathonyi and featuring local dancers as well as guest artists form New York, tickets are $28, $22 and $15 and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 and online at www.artsaticc.com

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Bradley University Chorale Annual Holiday Concert will take place at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/music

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place on Sunday at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com