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Home for the Holidays will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for all ages and are available at the box office or by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit

The 34th 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 while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and 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. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit

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 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

Winterfest features ice skating outside 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

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

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), 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

Cirque Dreams Holidaze will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 – $73 and available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, any Ticketmaster location or online at

Tom Simmons will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the holiday poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rosser Brothers Band 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 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

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 beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit

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

Central Illinois Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be presented at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults premium seating or $25 for standard seating and $15 for children premium seating and $12 for standard seating and $10 for ICC students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or visiting

Follow The Star will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm on Friday plus Sunday through December 23 and at 10 am on Christmas day. The 2017 Christmas musical extravaganza is an inspiring, contemporary family tradition. Admission is free for all performances, however tickets are required. To reserve your free tickets, call 309-243-1550 or visit

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “An American Family Christmas” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $8 for students and $18 for groups of 10 or more. At the door, prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the Peoria Civic Chorale box office or by calling 309-693-6725. For more information, visit

Chillicothe native Wayne Nelson, bassist and singer for the Little River Band, and his wife, author Rhonda Nelson, will present a combination of storytelling and acoustic music at the Town Theatre (located at 1029 N. Second Street in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited and attendees must be at least 21 to attend. Tickets are available online at

Clutch will perform its Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017 at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at

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

Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 8:30 – 11 am. Featuring a breakfast buffet, over two hours of private skating on the Winterfest ice plus a visit from Santa who will will give each child a small gift. Tickets are $25 for ages 16 and up and $15 for children ages 3 – 15 and are available online at

Star Wars Day will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring themed crafts, a costume contest with prizes, a Star Wars mythology lecture and a build your own light saber activity (for a $2 fee). Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character. Activities are free with regular museum admission which is $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+, $9 for kids 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit

Laser Light Night Laser Floyd will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring The Wall at 6 pm and Dark Side of the Moon at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows. For more information, visit

Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $23, $38, $53, $78 and $128 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Winter Dreams at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $85 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at

Celebrate Peoria: Christmas Around the World will take place at at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn how the holiday is celebrated across cultures from Mexican Posadas to German Christmas trees. Activities are included with regular admission which is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free for members. For more information, visit

Music in the McKenzie will host the Henhouse Prowlers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 -4 pm. Admission is free. A portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, visit

La Posada, a Family Christmas Party, will take place at the First United Methodist Church worship center (located at 116 NE Perry Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Celebrate Christmas together at this Hispanic Christmas Party which includes a potluck, prizes, a piñata and more. Admission is free.  For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit

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