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Peoria Players will present The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for students aged 20 and under with ID and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center 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 will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazilionaires 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 take place at the CAC also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Tommy Johnagin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows and $16 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University tonight (Thursday) beginning at at 8:30 pm. Ticket are $36 and are available at the Renaissance Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.acbu.org  Presented by Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), a portion of proceeds will benefit the equal justice initiative, Youth speaks and the 30/30 project.

The Peoria District Dental Society and the OSF Dental Residency Program will participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program, providing dental services to underserved children at Crittenton Center on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Routine services including dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments will be provided for children with no dental insurance or dentist. For more information, call 309-444-4443.

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 217-525-0310 or visit www.midwesttruckshow.com

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations throughout the area where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA will host its Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Hult Health Center (located at 5215 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring a silent auction and live music by United Groove Theory, tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Tickets are available at https://squareup.com/market/centralillinoisFRIENDS and include Louisiana style heavy hor’ dourves including vegetarian and vegan friendly options, plus beer and wine. Proceeds from the event go directly to Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA’s Emergency Fund. For more information, visit www.friendsofcentralillinois.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at the Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm as part of First Fridays. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your own beverages. For more information, visit www.speakeasyartcenter.com

Chris Janson and the Devin Clemons Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for the VIP loft and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The African American Hall of Fame Museum and Peoria Riverfront Museum will host an African American History Month Celebration at the Museum on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. A variety of musical and dramatic performances will be featured along with a lecture by Dr. Marwin Spiller. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-863-3006 or visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Make Your Own Super Hero Cape at the Peoria PlayHouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Design super hero capes that fit your unique personality using basic sewing machine skills to make something truly amazing. Admission is $10 per member pair (one grownup + one child), $5 per additional family member or $20 for non-member pairs, $10 per additional family member. To register, call 309-323-6900 or visiting www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Indiana State at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Brushville and The Natu Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Revealing the History of Love” will be presented at Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 West Moss Avenue in Peoria) and Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage Valentines and Victorian unmentionables along with antique Valentine cards, tickets are $10 to visit one home or $15 to visit both. Children ages 6-12 are $3, younger age 5 and under are free with an adult ticket. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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The Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Jazz Night Concert will take place on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 for the general public and tickets are available at the door.  The ILMEA State Music Education Conference All-State Concert will begin at 1 pm in the Peoria Civic Center arena on Saturday and the Honors Concert will also take place in the Peoria Civic Center arena beginning at 3:15 pm. Both concerts feature orchestra and choral performances. Admission is $5 for the general public for both concerts and tickets are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.ilmea.org/events/16imec

Queensrÿche will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $32 for general admission and $40 for VIP loft seats plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Behind Every Bride will host its annual Bridal Bash at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria from 5 – 9 pm on Friday & from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday. Featuring mini bridal shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique, entertainment by DJ4U, over 70 wedding professionals, a tabletop gallery for inspiration and a vintage market, admission and parking are free. Registration is required and is available online at www.behindeverybride.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Fayetteville Fireants at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game 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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Loni Love will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $21. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Polar Plunge 2016 will take place on Saturday at the East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. The event was originally scheduled for January 1, but due to flooding was postponed.  Fee to participate is $20. To register or for more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.facebook.com/EastPeoriaBoatClub

The Eat, Drink & Be Married Bridal Event will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm. Featuring a free wine tasting from Olio & Vino, a food tasting from local caterers, wedding cake samples, photographers, DJ services, a photobooth vendor, stylists, makeup artists., florists, wedding designers and more, admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/539174439565466

Art-spiration: Perfect Paper Snowflakes will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 2- 3 pm. Make fun paper snowflakes that are perfect home decorations. Admission 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

The 6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals will take place at East Port Marina (located at 701 Mariners Way in East Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 10 pm. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-7 and is all you can eat. Donations are requested for children under 3. There will be raffles, auction items, a 50/50, live music and 100% of your donation will go to Easter Seals of Peoria. Tickets are available at the door.

Winter Warming, Wines that Rock will take place at the at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 North Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9:30 pm. It will be an evening of wines, brews, spirits, food & friends benefitting the Sun Foundation children’s programs featuring signature hors d’oeuvres from classic rock and roll cities as well as homemade desserts, craft and import brews, and whiskey samplings. There will also be a silent auction, specialty raffle, and exhibition and sales from local artists.  Tickets are $65 per person or reserved tables with seating for 8 are available for $650 and are available by calling 309-246-8402 or online at www.sunfoundation.org

Kaleo with Nikki Wilken, Jeremy David Bakerwill perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

2016 Winterfest will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. The German style winter delebration will include a German buffet for $12 per person including Schnitzel vom Schwein, parmesan chicken, bratwurst, smoked ham, German potato salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans and red cabbage. Apple strudel for dessert is $2 extra. Kids 9 and under who wear a costume from the Disney movie “Frozen” will eat free and all kids 12 and under without a costume are $6. Bock and dopplebock beers in addition to their regular selection will be available as well as three German beers on draft, a selection of German wines and German liqueurs plus live accordion entertainment from 1 – 4 pm Sponsored by Harmonie-Concordia, for more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

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The 2nd Annual I’ve Decided Motivational Conference will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm featuring keynote speaker Jones Loflin, an inspirational success panel, educational break out sessions and local vendor resources. Cost to attend the conference is $69 (see below for a discount). Register online at www.ivedecided.org
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host Dr. Paul Nixon of The Hague University of Applied Sciences for Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics tonight (Thursday) in the ballroom of the Bradley University Student Center with dinner beginning at 5:30 pm and the lecture will beginning at 7 pm. For more information or to register, visit www.pawac.org

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Taylor & Friends 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Millikin University Choir Choral Festival will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert2.html

Mary Poppins will be presented at Dunlap High School’s “Stage 323” (located at 5220 W. Legion Hall Rd. in Dunlap) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students & senior citizens. For more information, call 309-648-4383.

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

CrossFit 309 (located at 5629 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) will host an Open House on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Including tours of their new 9,000 square foot facility, work-outs at 8 am and 9 am, an introductory work-out at 10 am, a yoga session provided by 309Yoga at 11 am, their registered dietician will also provide nutrition counseling and kick-off the Paleo Challenge at 9 am and 10 am. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-3224.

Collage for All Ages will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – Noon for ages 3 – 7 (adults must stay with children 5 years and younger) or 1 – 2:30 pm for ages 8 & up. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring two-dimensional items to add to your collage such as pictures, drawings, articles, dried leaves and flowers, etc. Admission is $5 for members with a $15 family maximum or $7 for the public with a $21 family maximum. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Small Fry Soirée: Party Like a Rockstar will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring dancing to the music of children’s artist Julie K, the Jim Smith Band, a buffet dinner, activity booths, vendors, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Benefitting Metamora Community Pre-School, tickets are $30 for kids aged 2 through adult or free for ages one and under and are available at www.facebook.com/smallfrysoiree  For more information, call 309-369-3061 or 309-369-7527.

Mystery at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The show is presented by Die Laughing Entertainment and prizes will be awarded for best ugly sweater and solving the murder. Call 309-692-3990 to reserve tickets.

Parmalee will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $40 for VIP loft seats plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Family Matinee at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring an afternoon of musical ghost stories and fairy tales told by some of the world’s greatest composers along with a celebrity narrator. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their favorite costume for the on-stage costume parade and contest. Preconcert activities begin at 2 pm.  Tickets are $28 to $74 or $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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The Penguin Project will present Singin’ in the Rain, Jr. at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  Student tickets only available at the box office or at the performance. For more information about the Penguin Project, visit www.penguinproject.org

Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will continue tonight (Thursday) to 9 pm, from 3 – 10 pm on Friday and from Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon -9 pm on Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

The Peoria PlayHouse will host its first Adult Maker Space Night: Space Boat Race tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Participants will design self-propelling speedboats to race on the Peoria PlayHouse river/water table. Tickets are $25 and include food and snacks plus a cash bar will also be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 309-323-6900 or visiting www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Brent Terhune will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and the Friday 10:30 pm shows and $12 for the other shows. 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 Rob Williams Blues 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 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.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 are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.  For more information, visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Community Workshop and Training Center will host its annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Registration is $30 and groups can reserve a table of eight for $240 which includes appetizers and a cash bar. All money raised will go toward programs and services for CWTC consumers. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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American English will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Peoria Kids Fest 2016, a family-focused community event featuring interactive fun for all ages, will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall D. With Fun on the Run inflatables, an indoor rock climbing wall, face painting, door prize giveaways, a scavenger hunt, admission is $7 for adults and children and free for ages under 3. A Family Four Pack of 2 adults and 2 children will also be available for $20. For more information, visit www.rbshows.com

Super Saturday: Snow Science will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Explore the science behind snow. Admission 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

Four Richwoods High School students will perform a 75-minute Concert of Modern and Classical Music at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. Benefitting the American Cancer Society, tickets are $5 for guests 10 and up. For more information, call 309-688-3480.

Laser Light Night Laser Floyd will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm featuring Dark Side of the Moon and again at 7 pm featuring The Wall. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner at the hospital cafeteria on Saturday beginning at 7 pm featuring food from the Harvest Café with proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Unit. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 309-353-0983. For more information, go to www.pekinhospital.org/foundation

The Bradley Braves will take on Missouri State at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Wine & Art Night featuring ceramics with Al Corpuz will take place on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Studio 1. Enjoy a selections of wines as you try your hand at wheel throwing by creating a unique bisque ware piece. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for non-members. To register, call 309-686-7000 or visit  www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/events

Jason Aldean will perform at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $59.75 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Weddings Unveiled 2016 will take place at the Marriott Pere Marquette on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Admission is free with registration at www.peoriaweddingsunveiled.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/669

Benjamin Jealous will be the featured speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday beginning at Noon. Presented by Public Employees for Community Concerns, tickets are $40 and are available by calling 309-453-4070. For more information, visit www.mlkluncheon.com

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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets range from $26.50 to $86.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will continue tonight (Thursday) to 9 pm, from 3 – 10 pm on Friday and from Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon -9 pm on Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center 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. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.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 are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100.  For more information, visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Moon Taxi with Maia Sharp and Lissie will perform on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 plus a nonperishable food item and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Eagles on the Illinois River will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. Each year hundreds of bald eagles over-winter in the Illinois River Valley and this day is an appreciation of these 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. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

World Championship ICE Racing will take place on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children ages 2 -12 for reserved seating and $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 -12 general admission seating and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Heritage Ensemble will present A Choral Celebration: Commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. A journey through music that motivated and sustained the civil rights movement, tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available online at www.artsaticc.com/tickets  For more information, call 309-550-4242 or visit http://heritageensemble.com

Broadway Rhythm will be presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring Joan Hess & Kirby Ward, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and children and are available at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Drive in Peoria) or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Funk Yard will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the show and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The 19th Annual Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Sunday beginning at 10 am with runway shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is free with registration online at www.peoriabridal.com  For more information, call 309-691-5330.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/669

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present “The Early History of Bicycling in Peoria“, a free lecture by local historian Chris Sweet, on Sunday at 1 pm with free access to the Street Gallery all day. Bike Peoria will also be at the museum with vintage bicycles and information on local bicycling events. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

The Jack Morgenstern Benefit featuring Chicago Farmer, Rainbow Cloggers, Drumline, Robin Crowe, Still Shine, Mike Layne, Easy Riders and Brainchild will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Suggested minimum donation of $5 at the door or VIP Loft seats are available for $98 at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

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Winterfest, featuring outdoor ice skating, will take place tonight (Thursday) til 9 pm, from noon – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Costake Economopoulus will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm & 11 pm. Tickets are $21. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Contemporary Art Center will host a special Salsa Dance Party to welcome in the New Year tonight (Thursday) starting at 8:30 pm with an introductory lesson followed by a dance party at 9:30 pm that will continue until 1 am. Admission is $4 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place tonight (Thursday) at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland (on Par Three Lane off Springfield Road in East Peoria) beginning at 11:50 pm. A post event pizza party buffet will take place at Avanti’s 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 2016 will take place on Friday at The East Peoria Boat Club (located at 707 Collins Lane in East Peoria) beginning with registration at 10 am and the plunge at 1 pm. Fee to participate is $20. To register or for more information call 309-635-0605 or visit www.facebook.com/EastPeoriaBoatClub

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game 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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Ben Moore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Bald Eagle Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm featuring crafts and activities in the Visitor Center all day, bird watching walks at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm and raptor programs will be at various times throughout the day featuring a barn owl, barred owl, turkey vulture and eagle. Park eagles will also be on display for photos and fast facts. This event is free for members or $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.WildlifePrairiePark.org

Holiday Boredom Busters will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. Add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your winter break with demonstrations of sensory chemistry experiments plus instructions for you to recreate the fun at home. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/680

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusen’s (located at 2117 Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10:30 pm. Cover charge is $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

The Bradley Braves will take on Wichita Sate at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $8, $15, $26 and $60 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/669

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters, 4 Passes to the Peoria Aquaplex or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, features ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, on Saturday from Noon – 11 pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues 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 through December 31st. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Kwanzaa Display at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) opens on Saturday and features 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.

Holiday Boredom Busters will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday as well as Monday through Thursday & Saturday next week from 1 – 2 pm. Add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your winter break with demonstrations of sensory chemistry experiments plus instructions for you to recreate the fun at home. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/680

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through December from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Chris Schlichting will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $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/posts/669

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters, 4 Passes to the Peoria Aquaplex or 4 Tickets to a Peoria Rivermen Game!

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. At the door, tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  For more information, visit www.peoriacivicchorale.org

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through Sunday 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 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, features ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues 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 through December 31st. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Maryville tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria High School Madrigal Dinner will be presented in the PHS Foyer tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. A full meal and entertainment are included in the ticket price of $20 and free for children 5 and under and may be purchased by calling Peoria High School at 309-672-6630 ext. 40098. For more information, call 309-672-6630 ext. 40202.

The Way Down Wanderers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Phil Hanley will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday & Saturday late shows which are all $12. 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 Judy Page & Speak Easy 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 also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.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 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. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through December from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

This Night will be presented by Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) Friday through Wednesday at 7 pm each night. Admission is free for all six of the performances of this Broadway-style Christmas extravaganza, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, visit www.nwoods.org

Simply Streisand: Holiday Memories will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center as part of the ICC Guest Artist Series on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.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

The Prairie Art Guild Holiday Bazaar will take place at their office (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Find holiday gifts, cards and packaging designed by local and regional artists, holiday treats, music and a raffle. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-657-6064 or visit http://prairiecenterofthearts.blogspot.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh-der will be presented by Arc Light Productions at Coyote Creek Golf Club (located at 8201 W Lancaster Rd. in Bartonville) at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information and to order tickets, call 309-455-4095 or visit www.arclightpro.com

Space Cantina: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy a variety of beer and a taco bar as you explore a galaxy far, far away in the Dome Planetarium.  See real places in space that mirror the Star Wars Universe. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes 3 drinks and food plus non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/678

Wine & Art Night: Painting will take place at the Peoria RIverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Enjoy a selection of wines as you recreate a Georgia O’Keeffe painting led by local artist Eugene Maison. All materials are included in this ages 21 and over only event. Admission is $30 for members or $33 for the public. To order tickets and for more information, call 309-868-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/674

Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. 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

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art sketching a piece or two to take home with you. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) from the front desk, or bring your own sketchbook: pencils only please. There is no cost to borrow supplies and all ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free for members and with general admission, which is $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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/posts/669

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

 

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The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.  Celebrating the 25th consecutive year of this show, tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Annie Jr.
will be presented by Community Childrens Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 students and senior citizens and are extremely limited and are available at the Noble Center in Lakeview Park.

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store continues at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 20 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 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Winterfest, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, features ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues 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 Corn Stock Winter Playhouse continues its run of And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Lee Greenwood will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com

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

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park from 4 – 8:30 pm on Friday, from 3 – 8:30 pm on Saturday and from 3 – 7 pm on Sunday. Featuring an illuminated train ride, cookie decorating, crafts, animal gift opening and a sit & chat with Santa, admission is $10 for Park members and $12 for the public and advance registration and payment are required. 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, 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.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 are $38 per person. Seating is extremely limited: for reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.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. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through December from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19th 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 or $50 for a couple with dinner and dessert included and are available by emailing info@speakeasyartcenter.com  For more information, visit http://speakeasyartcenter.com/christmas-story

A Christmas to Remember featuring the Barn II Dinner Theatre’s company members will be presented at the Five Points Performing Arts Center on Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi River Kings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, $17, $12 and $10 in advance or $1 more the day of the game 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

The River City Blues Society welcomes The Sinners from Iowa who will perform at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th Street in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for RCBS members. For more information, visit www.rivercityblues.com

The Prairieland Band Christmas Show will take place at the Fondulac Park Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a family friendly music variety show with country, gospel and oldies, admission is $8 for adults and $15 for a couple at the door. For more information, visit http://stevehargis.net/prairieland

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. 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 Santa Cause 5K Race inaugural even will begin at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 10 am and will go throughout the Downtown Warehouse District to show-case major improvements to the area. Registration is $35 for a standard sized Santa suit, $30 for a kids sized suit and $45 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a Santa Cause finisher souvenir ornament, on-site goodies and cocoa plus 1 free beer ticket for those 21 and older. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 6th 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. A number of 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. Please bring canned or non-perishable foods for donation to a local food pantry. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday 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 $5 per vehicle. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria Ballet will present its 50th Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, this family holiday tradition will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $9 – $47 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at The Speakeasy Arts Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm. Featuring Christmas Big Band music, admission is $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

Christmas in the Barn will take place at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm. The Christmas story will be read among the farm animals and Christmas carols will be sung also. Dress warmly and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. There is no admission charge, however donations are accepted. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 309-697-4041.

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm and again at 7 pm featuring music from the Beatles & Classic Rock. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Christmas Carol Sing will take place at the Apollo Theater (located at located at 311 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Led by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel, the event will be followed by a showing of Jimmy Stewart at his holiday best in 1940’s “Shop Around the Corner“. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Shall We Dance on Ice will be presented at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Rumer Willis, the show will feature performances by superstar ice dancers. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $28 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

105.7 The X Nutcracker 2015 will be presented at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Music in the McKenzie at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will feature Barry Cloyd with TJ Jones on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The 40th Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring Kylie Toomer, soprano, Denise Gamez, mezzo-soprano, Trevor Mitchell, tenor and Andrew Whitfield, baritone accompanied by the special Handel orchestra conducted by Dr. John Jost of Bradley University. Join the choir as they sing. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. Vocal scores will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org/concert1.html

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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 on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday.  Celebrating the 25th consecutive year of this show, tickets are $19 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

The Spirit of Peoria Holiday Dinner Cruise featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis and Barry Cloyd of Prairie Folklore Theater will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm and cruising from 7 – 9 pm at the dock at the foot of Main Street in Peoria. Tickets are $45 for adults and 21.50 for children. Reservations are required and a cash bar is available. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Winterfest
, Peoria’s Newest Holiday Tradition, will feature ice skating outside tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 10 pm, Friday from Noon – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11pm and Sunday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St. and Jefferson Ave. in downtown Peoria. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under or $65 for a season pass. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland opens on Thursday night and will run 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 35th Annual Paul Reatherford Memorial featuring Dexter O’Neal and Funk Yard will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, however donations are requested for needy families in the area. For more information, visit www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center 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

The Metamora Thespian Society will present Forever Plaid in a dinner-theater production at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday with the buffet beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Featuring the classic musical that features the tight 4-part harmony of the “guy groups” of the late 50’s and early 60’s, dinner & the show are $35 and reservations are available by calling 309-367-4000.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Sara Evans will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert is a fundraiser for the Bloomington-Normal YMCA’s Strong Kids program. Tickets are $100, $60, $45 and $30 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Caroline Rhea will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday and the Friday late shows which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 32nd Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 20 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 – $15. Locations & Hours are: Mondays – Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturdays & Sundays only December 6 – 7, 13 – 14 and 20 – 21 from Noon – 5 pm. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

The Christmas on Court Luminary Walk will take place on Friday from 5 – 8 pm in 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

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, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild plus The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.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. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Fridays and Saturdays through November from 6-8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Red Hot Christmas will take place at the Par-a-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, draft beer, wine, soda and live music from Patrick n Swayze plus a chance to purchase or win some great items including a pendant from Bremer’s Jewelry. A fundraiser for the Salvation Army, attire of attendees should include red ties and/or dresses Tickets are $75 per person and are available at https://salvationarmyechelon.org/chapters/peoria

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 19th 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. Admission will be waived during the holidays. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bloom, the women’s group at Riverside Community Church will host the Shine Christmas Tea at the church, 207 NE Monroe St, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring a dinner and speaker, tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-676-7700.

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 with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.howlinonwater.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm in the Dome Planetarium. Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery, you’ll relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission. Tickets are $25 for Museum members or $30 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The Swon Brothers will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 the day of the show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

An Irish Christmas will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $34 & $49 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Bradley University’s Theatre Department will present Fall Forward at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at Hartmann Center on campus. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff & senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Hartmann Center box office or by calling 309-677-2650.

The annual Santa Train, featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line on Saturday to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and 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 arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

A Breakfast with Santa will take place at the at the Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N. Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10:30 am. Activities include taking a photo with Santa, crafts, a goody bag for each child, mail your letter to Santa, plus pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice. Adults are $6.50 and children $3.50. Registration is required by December 2nd by calling 309 692 7631.

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in the lodge for the first hour, then watch as the animals will get Christmas gifts: everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Santa will be making a visit too, so make sure to bring a camera. Admission is $6 for members or $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.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 thos 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, $25 for ages 18 & under or $30 the day of the race, or $15 for ages 3 – 8 for the 200 yard fun run or $20 the day of the race benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

Christmas with the Animals will take place on Saturday at Wildlife Prairie Park with two sessions: one from 10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm.  Celebrate the season of giving by working with Park Staff to create toys for their animals. The toys you create will stimulate the animals with texture, food, smell, and more. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 for members or $5 plus regular admission for non-members, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. Reserve your spot by calling 309-676-0998. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Folepi’s Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria (bounded by Washington Street and McKinley Street) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring unique shopping, holiday treats, face painting will be available from Elsa of the movie Frozen and horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa plus caroling by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus, the event is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. Featuring three professional guest artists from New York and Chicago along with 10 resident professional dancers plus area students. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children with special discounts available for groups. For more information, call 309-620-3164.

Christmas in the Barn will take place at Linden Hill Farms (located at 8412 W. Middle Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 5 pm. The Christmas story will be read among the farm animals and Christmas carols will be sung also. Dress warmly and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate afterwards. There is no admission charge, however donations are accepted. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 309-697-4041.

The Splendor of Christmas Past Home Tour featuring Flanagan House, Pettengill-Morron House Museums plus four private Peoria historic homes will be full of holiday finery and open to tour to enjoy the ambiance, craftsmanship and architecture for the spirit of the season on Saturday from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Enjoy the Christmas charm, local history, and delightful décor for the magic of Christmas past, tickets are $20 at the door and children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket.  For more information, visit www.PeoriaHistoricalSociety.org

Jeff Dunham will present Perfectly Unbalanced at the US Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the U.S Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Bradley Braves will take on North Dakota at the Peoria Civic Center on Satuday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present their holiday concert at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students and groups of 8 or more and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus will perform at the United Presbyterian Church (located at 2400 W. Northmoor at the corners of Allen and Northmoor in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Celebrate the season with new and old favorites in four part harmony with a wide variety of choral styles including Silver Bells, Nuttin’ for Christmas, September Song, Frostiana, Whisper! Whisper!, Salvation is Created, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Something told the Wild Geese, and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Admission is $5 at the door with no reserved seats.

Christmas with the Philharmonic Chorale will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Sunday 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

What the Dickens, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation.