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The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Mississippi Riverkings at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday and the Roanoke Railyard Dogs on Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm each night.  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 available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at  For more information about the Rivermen, visit
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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 Peoria Journal Star 70th Annual Christmas Sing will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Great Hall tonight (Thursday) with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the sing beginning at 7 pm. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

Follow The Star will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday 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

Christmas with the Animals will take place at Peoria County Animal Protection Services (located at 2600 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10am. Cats, dogs and rabbits in the shelter will unwrap presents filled with treats and toys. The “Home for the Holidays” pet promotion is also available through Friday where adopters who make a $50 donation to the Peoria Humane Society can have their new pet delivered by Santa on Saturday. For more information, call 309-672-2440.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bernie Salguero & The Patio Daddios 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

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 31st 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 is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed on Christmas & New Year’s Days. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit

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

The Nights Before Christmas will be presented at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $10. Featuring Matt Hall, Howard Butler, Whitney Chitwood, Jake Merch, Heath Thornton, Trey Mowder, Steve Katz, Nick Goett and more, to order tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s International Feature Gallery on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The tour is free with regular admission which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ or $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit

First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) welcomes the public to Christmas Eve Services on Sunday at 11 am and 7 pm for a contemporary service and at 4 pm and 11 pm for a traditional service. Enjoy carols, a Christmas message and candlelight services. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit

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