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Gifts of the Magi will be presented as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

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. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside continues on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  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 www.pncwinterfest.com

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, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

A Spaghetti Dinner will take place at the VFW Hall (located at 1729 N. Santa Fe Ave in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday)from 4:30 – 7 pm. Including spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast and green beans for dine in or carry out, cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 309-274-5458.

Conklin Players will present A Gift of Christmas at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $8 for students. A buffet dinner will also be available on tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 5:30 pm and on Sunday at 1:30 pm for $25. For information and tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Moonshine Bandits will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20 and available at the door or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. A Holiday Dinner Cruise will also take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Lunch cruise tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15 and dinner cruise tickets are $46 for adults and $23 for children 4 – 15. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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The Community Festival of Nativities will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (located at 3700 W Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring nativity displays from around the world and musical performances from local talent, members from different churches have come together to create this unique interfaith nativity exhibit. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.communityfestivalofnativities.com

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

First Friday will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring their exhibit, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois in the International Feature Gallery, activities like drawing in the galleries plus a chance to discover regional artists, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Christmas on Court will take place throughout downtown Pekin (located at 11 S. Capitol St.) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony, Santa, demonstrations, give-aways and discounts from local businesses and live performances throughout the evening, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Annual Holiday Bazaar Makers Market will take place at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring handmade artwork by 15 regional artists, you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts, cards and art. For more information call 309-333-7455 or click HERE

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. 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 Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.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 New Year’s Eve from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the glow of hundreds of candles while enjoying live holiday musical performances. The show also runs from 10 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Christmas & New Year’s Day. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Bradley Braves will take on Eastern Illinois at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Friday 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 http://ticketmaster.com

The Youth Music Illinois Symphony Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $15 for senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or at www.artsaticc.com

Greg Hahn will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm.  Tickets are $17 and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or online at  www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Peoria Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 9 am with registration at 8 am. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for kids 12 & under or $30 for Jingle in Your Jammies if you can’t participate, but would like to be involved. For more information and to register online, visit www.jbr.org/peoria

The 2017 War of the Demigods Powerlifting Championship will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall B on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

Critter Christmas will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts, watch the animals get their gifts plus meet with Santa. Cost is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-member and $12 for adult members and $18 for adult non-members. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Christmas with the Animals will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm. Help WPP staff create gifts for the animals with food surprises inside, then give the presents to the animals and learn about their natural instincts. Cost is $5 (in addition to regular admission) and reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is free for members and ages 2 & under, $5 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for ages 13 – 64 and $6 for ages 65+. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Peoria Small Businesses for Healthy Living Expo will take place at the Clubs at River City (located at 8603 N University in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Featuring small businesses and charitable groups related to healthy living, responsible eating, independent activities and medical interventions, participants can take a yoga class, discover resources and ask questions to licensed medical professionals. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-453-8987 or click HERE

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth 3 – 17. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $50, $70, $75 and $90 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

A Holiday Home Tour will take place at Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak in Peoria), Pettengill Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) plus three private Peoria historic homes from 5 – 9 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring seasonal décor, enjoy the ambiance, craftsmanship and architecture with charm and magic of Christmas past. Tickets are $15 through December 1 or $20 at the door and are available at Gregg Florist, Relics, Urban Artifacts, Exhibit A Gallery and the PHS office. Children 12 and under are free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Maria del Sol: A Latino Christmas Concert will be presented at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The concert is entirely in Spanish with English translation available. Admission is free, however tickets are required and may be reserved by calling 309-673-3641 or online at www.fumcpeoria.org

A Magic & Hypnosis Show will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Featuring Terry Grawey and Phil Raso, cost is $19 including a dinner buffet and the show.  For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531 or visit www.hypnohumorist.com

The Peoria International Choir will perform a Winter Concert at at First Christian Church (located at 6400 N University St, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The concert’s theme is Chansons pour Joyeux Fêtes featuring Gabriel Fauré’s compositions of Cantique de Jean Racine, Sanctus and a solo dedication of Pie Jesu by director Masako Johnson plus a variety of songs from around the world and more. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults or $20 for a family or $10 at the door and $5 for senior citizens and available at www.peoriainternationalchoir.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will present their Christmas Concert at the Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students & senior citizens. For tickets and information call 309-694-5136 or visit at www.artsaticc.com

The Orpheus Club Men’s Choir will present a Winter Concert at the First Federated Church (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm.  Entertaining the Peoria area with male voice four-part harmony for 115 years, the group is directed by Russel Boulton. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusPeoria

Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour will be presented at the Bloomington Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.75, $49.75, & $69.75 and are available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at http://ticketmaster.com

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