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A Special performance of Rock of Ages will take place tonight (Wednesday) at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm. A rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more, the show was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tickets are $25 for all ages and include complimentary beer and wine for ages 21 and over and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or $26 online at

The 130th Annual Santa Claus Parade will take place on Friday beginning at 10:15 am from the Peoria Central Firehouse. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Brigadier General William P. “Robbie” Robertson, a Peoria native and chief of staff for the Illinois Air National Guard. This year’s theme is “That Magical Christmas Feeling,” and will feature costumed characters, marching bands and decorated floats plus will be telecast live on WMBD-TV Channel 31. For full details including a map of the Santa parade route, visit

The Bradley Braves will take on Missouri S & T at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Wednesday) beginning at 7 pm. They will also take on Georgia Southern on Saturday beginning at 1 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

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve Weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork, all created by local artists including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland opens Thanksgiving night and 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

Shop Local, associated with Small Business Saturday, will take place throughout the Peoria area this weekend.  By shopping local for this holiday season, sales tax dollars help the local economy. As part of the campaign, Live & Shop Peoria County will run a contest with a prize of $100 worth of gift cards from local businesses.  To enter, post a selfie of you and your friends shopping November 24-26 at a store within Peoria County with the #GrowPeoriaCounty tag.  For more information, visit

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host a Member Appreciation Day on Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. For one day only, get $10 off memberships (new, renewal, or gift memberships) to take advantage of members-only perks like kids’ art activities from 11 am – 3pm, 20% – 30% discounts off all museum store merchandise, free educational Giant Screen Theater movie admission all day, door prize drawings and refreshments. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit

The Dozer Holiday Express will take place at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in downtown Peoria after the Santa Claus parade on Friday with Santa available from Noon to 2 pm. Enjoy lunch, pose for a photo with Santa and see the lighted Cat D6 up close. Lunch includes a soups and sweets lunch, admission to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and access to the express Santa Claus line. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for kids aged 3 – 12. For more information, call 309-675-0606 or buy tickets online HERE

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside opens on Friday from Noon – 10 pm on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Hours are Noon – 10 pm on Saturday and Noon – 10 pm on Sunday and change periodically throughout the holidays. Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit

The 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop will take place in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5-9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants. For more information, visit

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Sarah Schonert on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 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

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm beginning with the Peoria Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a wonderland of decorations and activities. Local entertainers will perform at many locations in downtown Peoria and offering complimentary refreshments. An ice carving contest, costumed characters walking through the area plus an opportunity to decorate the street lights are all part of the celebration. For more details as well as a map of performers/locations, visit

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Poinsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through New Years Eve 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 also runs throughout the days from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at
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Chicago’s Sketchiest Comedians will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10.
Drew Hastings will perform on Saturday at 7 pm and 9:15 pm for $20.  For tickets and more information, visit

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Three and a Half Men on Friday and Cousin Eddie on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The 7th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show will take place at the Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring local crafters and vendors, admission is free.

The 27th Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place on Saturday on the River Trail of Illinois beginning at 8:30 am with a non-competitive walk and at 9 am with a competitive run. Registration for the race only is $15 through the day of the race. For more information, call 309-253-2420 or register online at

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 8th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which 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 offering a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods plus imported items from Germany and Austria and a visit from Kristkindl (Santa Claus). 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

The Wildlife Waddle will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with hikes beginning at 10 am and running every hour with the last hike at 2 pm. With over 14 miles of hiking trails to explore, live turkeys, and Mike the Bison, bring the family and enjoy the beautiful scenery while waddling off your thanksgiving meal. Admission is free for members and regular admission, which is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $ 6 for ages 3 -12 and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit

The 13th Annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be held at Five Points (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free with a free-will offering during the evening. Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers will perform both traditional Christmas favorites as well as southern gospel Christmas songs with the “Portraits of Christmas” theme. For more information, visit

Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at

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