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Leaving Iowa will be presented at Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Written by two Bradley alumni, the critically-acclaimed comedy is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation” and a roast of their dedication to the family road trip. Tickets are $14 for adults & $10 for students through high school and are available at the box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Winterfest runs through Sunday with 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 and $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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 www.peoriacac.org

Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC) will host its Annual Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring appetizers, cash bar and prizes to be awarded to the top three teams, registration is $30 per person or $240 for a table of 8 with proceeds benefiting programs and services for CWTC consumers and is available by calling 309-686-3300 or online at www.cwtc.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday 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 available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

The Penguin Project will present Mary Poppins 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 $12 and are available at the box office at 309-699-7469 or online at www.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information about the Penguin Project, visit http://penguinprojectpeoria.org

Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 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

Eat, Drink and Be Married will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 North Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday from Noon – 2:30 pm. Featuring wine tasting, appetizers from local caterers plus a photobooth, find caterers, cake bakeries, stylists, photographers, DJs, florists, wedding planners, designers & more. Admission is free, however, registration is required and is available at www.fivepointswashington.org

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 to the Museum 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

A viewing of the movie “The Sultan and the Saint” will take place at the Marty Theater in the Bradley University Student Center (located at 915 N Elmwood Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. A docudrama about Muslim-Christian peacemaking narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons. Admission is free, however registration is required and may be made at www.peoriasultansaint.eventbrite.com  The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for ages 12 & under. For more information about the film, visit www.sultanandthesaintfilm.com

Whiskey at the Warehouse will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 5:30 – 8 pm. Featuring heavy appetizers, one whiskey cocktail, a performance by “Time for Three”, a silent auction and raffle, tickets are $60 and are available at the door.  For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

A Stuffed Animal Sleepover to benefit Crittenton Centers will take place at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring pizza and a movie for kids who are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animals and blankets. At 8:45 pm, they’ll tuck their stuffed animals in for the night and return in the morning for a pancake breakfast at 10:30 am to see pictures of their toys’ overnight adventures. Cost is $15 per child and $8 for breakfast for parents on Sunday (not required) and registration is available at www.facebook.com/IVYClubPeoria

A Wine & Art Night – Star Wars Art will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Jack Daleske will lead you in creating a unique piece of Star Wars art. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes all materials, wine and light snacks. Participants must be 21 or older and seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Jeff Dunham will perform his Passively Aggressive show at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $46.50 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

The Heritage Ensemble will present its 18th Annual Martin Luther King Choral Celebration at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $8 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.com

Bride Inspired will take place at Embassy Suites (located at 100 Conference Center Dr. in East Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Featuring 4 concept designs that will help brides envision the theme for their wedding, the 4 concepts include tablescapes, ceremony and reception designs and bridal bouquets. Brides can get insights into color trends and designs for 2018 weddings including classic elegant, vintage, modern and boho rustic. Admission is free, however registration is required and is available at http://heavenonearthfloraldesigns.com

A lecture regarding the Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois exhibit will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free for the lecture, however regular admission is required to view the exhibit which is free for members or $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 60+ and $9 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument for a jam session, meet other musicians and learn new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Time for Three at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring conductor George Stelluto with Ranaan Meyer on double bass, Nick Kendall and Charles Yang on violin, they’ll perform eclectic and standard popular music blending classical, gypsy, and jazz idioms, in mash-ups that combine Beethoven, Mozart, and Mahler with the Beatles and more. 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 www.peoriasymphony.org

Wildlife Adventure Camp will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Monday from 7:30 am – 5 pm. Featuring indoor & outdoor activities (weather permitting) at the park, programming and activities are tailored to the three age groups: K – 2nd, 3rd – 5th and 6th – 8th. Cost is $50 per child and registration is available along with more details at http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Monday beginning at Noon. Featuring keynote speaker Tamron Hall, formerly the American national news anchor for NBC News, day-side anchor for MSNBC, host of the program MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall and a co-host of Today’s Take, the third hour of Today. Dexter O’Neil and Funkyard will provide live music. Tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500. For For more information, call 309-453-4070 or visit www.mlkluncheon.com

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Heartland Festival Orchestra will present A New Year’s Greeting – That’s Amore at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring vocalists Sarah Jane McMahon and Sal Viviano, it’s a musical salute to Italy, with timeless hits of legends Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra plus opera favorites by the greats: Puccini and Rossini. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for students and are available at Kidder Music in Peoria with cash or check or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Winterfest continues with 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 www.pncwinterfest.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) 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

Preacher Lawson will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $17 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $22. For tickets, 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 JuJu Jonny 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.
And 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

First Friday at the Museum 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 with activities like drawing in the galleries and a chance to discover regional artists. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.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

Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center will present Eagles on the Illinois River at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 10 am – Noon. This day is dedicated to the appreciation of Bald Eagles and includes presentations and tours along the Illinois River. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Bald Eagle Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm featuring crafts and activities in the Visitor Center all day, a raptor display and program, beginning birder walks and a feathered friends program. Admission is free for members or $8 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and $6 for seniors over 65. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.WildlifePrairiePark.org

Take a docent-led gallery tour of Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s International Feature Gallery on Saturday 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sherlock Holmes Birthday Party will take place at the Peoria Public Library’s North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 5 pm. Celebrating Sherlock Holmes’ 164th Birthday, local Sherlockian expert Brad Keefauver of sherlockpeoria.blogspot.com will deliver a presentation and answer questions plus compete in a Sherlock Holmes Trivia match and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday 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 available at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

World Championship ICE Racing’s 2018 Next Generation Fire On Ice Tour will take place at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 for adult general admission, $22 for adult reserved seating, $8.50 for kids general admission and $11 for kids reserved seating with a $3 increase the day of show and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, any Ticketmaster location or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Elegant Bridal Expo will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is free, however online registration is required. VIP and Diamond VIP packages are also available. Register for all types of admission at www.elegantbridalexpo.com

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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 http://ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net
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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 www.peoriaparks.org

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 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 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 www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com

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 http://northwoods.christmas

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 www.peoriacac.org

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 www.peoriaparks.org

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 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 www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 www.fumcpeoria.org

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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 www.peoriaplayers.org

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 www.crittentoncenters.org

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 www.peoriaparks.org

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 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 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 www.broadwaypeoria.com

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 http://ticketmaster.com

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 www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 www.peoriaparks.org

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 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 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

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

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 www.artsaticc.com

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 http://northwoods.christmas

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 www.peoriacivicchorale.org

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 www.chillicothetowntheatre.com

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 www.limelighteventplex.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

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 www.peoriaciviccenter.com

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 http://ticketmaster.com

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 www.peoriasymphony.org

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 www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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 http://peoriapubliclibrary.org

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 www.fumcpeoria.org

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Elf Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) – Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. With a cast of over 60 students aged 8-18 from the Peoria area, this musical based on the classic movie tells the story of Buddy the Elf who brings his love of Christmas to all he encounters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and kids ages 12 and under and are available at Peoria Park District’s Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park) or online at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

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. 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

Gifts of the Magi continues as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), 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

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store is currently running at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 17 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 www.crittentoncenters.org

A Health Career Exploration Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s Peoria campus (located at 5407 N. University Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn about two-year or four-year degree and beyond, discover career opportunities in the local healthcare industry and tour ICC’s new state-of-the-art digital and interdisciplinary simulation and skills labs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.icc.edu

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

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 www.broadwaypeoria.com

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) 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

Josh Wolf will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $15 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets, 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 Bill Porter’s Time Machine 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 www.peoriacac.org

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 2 – 8 pm and Sunday 2 – 7 pm. Ride the train through the decorated woods, enjoy a night with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a holiday cookie to take home, watch the animals open their gifts, create holiday crafts and games or enjoy a snack, hot chocolate or a full meal. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for the public and reservations are required. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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 main 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 www.peoriaparks.org

A Night in Bethlehem will take place at the Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances St. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Experience entering the ancient city of Bethlehem, being counted in the census, exploring the Marketplace, taste authentic foods, make crafts and “visit” with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free, although non-perishable food items will be collected to donate to the local food pantry. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Yuletide Homicide, a murder mystery dinner, will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with a wine tasting and cast mingle. Admission is $45 and includes 3 complimentary wine samples per guest plus a buffet dinner served after the first act. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-359-9463. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

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 & Saturday 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 POPS Orchestra Christmas Concert will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy classic Christmas favorites with guest soloists Nichole Fauser and Austin Shaw. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and groups of 10 or more and are available at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday 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 http://ticketmaster.com

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. Registration is $40 for a standard sized Santa suit, $35 for a kids sized suit and $50 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a souvenir finisher ornament, a sponsor swag bag, on-site Christmas goodies and 1 free beer. The Kids 1 Mile Reindeer run is $20. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 11th Annual Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, click HERE

The 10th Annual Santa Train will take place  on Saturday featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line 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

The Gifting Hope Market will take place at Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. An alternative of gifting, you can select from 25 nonprofit organizations where the item/gift you purchase is given in honor of a loved one. Instead of purchasing a tangible gift, their donation will be used to fund a specific need of the nonprofit such as a week’s worth of food for a family living in a shelter. Upon purchase of the gift, the recipient will receive a card describing the gift and charity to which it was given signed by the shopper. For more information, call 309-691-6322.

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 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. See how American and German soldiers lived on the Belgium front during a cold December in 1944. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://centralilww2.com

The 2nd Annual Outdoor Holiday Market will take place at One World (located at 1245 W Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Inspired by outdoor European holiday markets, you’ll find mulled wine, hot spiced cider, and hot chocolate and handmade holiday gifts and art from local artists.

A Holiday Porch Pot Demonstration will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am -11:30 am. Watch the demonstration and create your own porch pot using supplies provided by the garden center. Cost for materials used in creating a porch pot will vary based upon materials. For more information, call 309-243-7761.

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 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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Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Peoria Ballet will present the Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring a live performance of the classic music by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, tickets range from $9 – $39 and are available at the box office by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

This Christmastide: A Service of Lessons & Carols will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria at 6 pm on Saturday (Spanish translation available) and at 11 am on Sunday. Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Sanctuary Choir, the Bells of Praise, the Festival Orchestra and a host of readers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.MusicatFirst.com

The 8th Annual Apollo Christmas Carol Songfest will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music performed by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will precede a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Admission is $5 and includes holiday treats. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

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

An Open House for the exhibit, “Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson” will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring a collection of mosaic prints by the celebrated Peoria printer, Rolan Johnson, the prints were created with a silk-screen process of forcing paint through cut out parts of a stencil on a fabric screen onto the paper, hot cider and cookies will be provided. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through the end of December. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext 130 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org/fostergallery

GWAR will perform its the Blood Of Gods Tour Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and $25 for Party Pit tickets and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Featuring a buffet breakfast brunch, the cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under and includes admission for the day. Reservations may be made by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 200. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Dr. John Jost of Bradley University returns to conduct the full orchestra as well as the soloists and choir. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. For more information, visit www.ffcpeoria.com

What the 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. Actor Doug Day will read selected portions of the novel, accompanied by Charles Killen, Jeff Sloter, Keri Rae, Cheri Beever and Charles Brown with a high tea served during intermission with recorder music. A fundraiser for the GAR Hall, donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 309-694-1767.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $93 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument for a jam session.  Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free: a goodwill offering will be collected. For more information, call 309-673-8501.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Winter Concert will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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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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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 www.peoriaplayers.org

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 www.peoriaevents.com

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 http://ticketmaster.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 including original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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 www.folepi.org

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 www.facebook.com/LiveShopPeoriaCounty

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 www.pncwinterfest.com

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 www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

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 www.peoriacac.org

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 www.peoriaevents.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 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 www.peoriaparks.org

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 http://ticketmaster.com
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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 www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

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 www.folepi.org

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 www.peoriagermans.com

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 http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

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 www.gospelfestministries.com

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 www.artsaticc.com

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The 2017 Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a Jingle & Mingle Cocktail Party at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The Festival continues Friday from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm featuring 80 already decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and to bid on or to purchase. Other highlights include a brunch, a family day, a Sweet Sundae Tea and a Wine Tasting on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm which is new this year. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday cocktail party is $50, the Wine & Tasting event is $45 per person and $75 per couple, the Sweet Tea on Sunday is $25 per person and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Rock of Ages continue at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursay) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 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 $20 for adults and $15 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through Sunday throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Ring of Fire will take place at Metamora Fields Golf Club (located at 801 Progress St. in Metamora) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-367-4000 or visit www.metamorafields.com

Bullets for Broadway will be presented by the ICC Theatre Program at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for all ages on Friday & Saturday which includes a meal and the show and $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens for the show only (Thursday & Sunday) and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

English Made Simple & Other Short Plays will be presented at Bradley University’s Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts (located on the Bradley campus) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens and $5 for students and are available by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit www.bradley.edu/theatre

CityLink’s 4th Annual “Day of Stuffing” will take place at Kroger (located at 801 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 am – 6 pm. Bring pantry donations or purchase items at the store to fill the bus with food as part of the 30th annual food drive benefiting Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.ridecitylink.org/stuffabus

The Annual Motherhouse Fall Bazaar sponsored by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (located at 1175 St. Francis Ln. in East Peoria) will take place on Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring handmade items and homemade baked goods including home-baked breads and cookies, fresh doughnuts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, plants, religious items and other handmade items, all proceeds will be used to assist the poor. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Hometown Holidays will take place in downtown Morton on Main St. on Friday from 5 – 9 pm on Friday with the Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Vinyl Tap 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. 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

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 daily from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. The Garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Barn Dance will be held at Shore Acres (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the band “Too Old to be Controlled”, beginners can learn the dances at 6:45 pm and no partner is needed. Admission is $7 for adults with a $20 family maximum. Participants are asked to bring snacks. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

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.
Jim Norton will perform on Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $25 or $75 for the VIP option which includes a meet and greet, preferred seating, photos with Jim and an autographed tour poster. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Hairball will perform 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 www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Northmoor Primary School Vendor & Crafter Fall Event will take place at the school (located at 1819 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm. Featuring over 40 vendors and crafters, admission is free. For more information, call 309-693-4435.

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Watch history come to life as Civil War soldiers prepare for their winter encampment. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build wooden shelters that will protect them from the approaching winter weather. Activities include mail call, drill and daily camp life. For information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show continues through New Year’s Eve Mondays – 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 www.peoriaparks.org

The 33rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com/festival-of-lights

Lock and Key Burlesque will present The Low Down Dirty Blues at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring vaudevillian style burlesque dances and skits set to classic and modern blues music, there will also be guest performances from Ginger LeSnapps from Ohio’s Cin City Burlesque. Advance tickets are $30 online HERE or $40 for tickets at the door.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Serenade for Strings at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 State Route 91 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 www.peoriasymphony.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring DVDs, videos, books, and photos, as well as many model railroad parts and supplies will be available. Tables will also highlight new and used items from most scales including Lionel, G, O, HO, N and Z. Real railroad memorabilia will be available including hats, shirts, patches, and pins. Sponsored by the Illinois Valley Model Railroad Club in Peoria and Pekin’s River City Model Railroad Club, admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RCMRRC

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 47th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park (located at 8327 N Galena Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday at 1 pm. Despite rain, shine or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $18. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or register online at www.peoriaparks.org/running

Handel’s Messiah will performed at Grace Church (located at 1325 E Jefferson St. in Morton) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Performed by the Morton Community Chorus with piano and organ prelude by Dr. John Orfe of Bradley University, admission is free. For more information, visit www.pjw.cc/community-chorus.html

The Judy Page Project will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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Rock of Ages will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 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 $20 for adults and $15 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through November 19 throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Vince Moranto will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10 and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Robin Crow 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Bullets for Broadway will be presented by the ICC Theatre Program at the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for all ages on Friday & Saturday which includes a meal and the show and $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens on Sunday for the show only and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Real Feller will be presented by the Artistic Community Theatre of Pekin at the Pekin Union Mission Auditorium (located at 203 Court Street in Pekin) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. An original play written and directed by Dennis Peacock, this dramedy is set in Depression Era Appalachia. Tickets are $12 and are available online HERE

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Live entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Colt Ford will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $17 and party pit tickets are $22 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will lead activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission to the Museum 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

The Bradley Braves will take on IUPUI at the Peoria Civic Center 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 http://ticketmaster.com

A Second Helping of the Church Basement Ladies will be presented by the River Valley Players (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 12:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $35 and include a meal and the show and are available at www.rvphenry.org  For more information, call 309-238-7878.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday 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 http://ticketmaster.com
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An Evening of Jazz with the Heritage Ensemble will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing, tickets are $50 or $100 per person for the premium admission beginning at 6 pm. Call 309-550-4242 for more information and to order tickets.

Granger Smith will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and party pit tickets are $25 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Nathan Taylor Band will perform at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Admission is $30 and reservations may be made by calling 309-636-7022. Proceeds benefit CILF and historic preservation at the Greenhut Memorial GAR Hall.

Music in the McKenzie will present the Roundstone Buskers at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. A local group named for Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the Buskers are an acoustic power trio incorporating traditional and contemporary Celtic into their sound. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend and neet other musicians plus learn new songs. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. A Grammy award winning American Bluegrass and Folk band, they are also four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners. Tickets are free, but are required. To reserve tickets, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.musicatfirst.com

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The 90th Annual Itoo Supper will be held at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. The family style meal includes all-you-can-eat cabbage rolls, chicken with rice, baked kibba, stewed green beans, fried chicken, whipped potatoes with gravy, Lebanese salad and pita bread. There will also be a bake sale running throughout the day plus carry-outs are available. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 & under. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.com

The Glass Menagerie continues at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Written by Tennessee Williams, the play’s action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Set in St. Louis in 1937, Tom is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura, who spends all her time playing with her glass menagerie and her old phonograph records. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through November 19 throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

Pension Reform will be discussed at a Greater Peoria League of Women Voters meeting in the Advanced Medical Transport auditorium (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm. Former State Rep. David R. Leitch will share his insights into this complex and critical state challenge. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-696-3217.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) 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

Henhouse Prowlers will perform at the Trailside Event Center (located above Trefzger’s in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Tickets are $15.  A full bar will be available. For more information & tickets, visit www.trailsideeventcenter.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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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

Brett Erickson 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 Friday & Saturday at 9:45 pm for $12.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A Fall Festival will take place at Northwoods Mall in Peoria from 10 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring crafts & popular vendors, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria Camera Club will host a Reception at the Peoria Public Library’s Main Library Gallery on Friday from 2 – 5 pm. Founded in 1954, the group exhibit features the finest work of their members. Admission is free. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours Monday- Friday from 9 am – 6 pm. For more information, visit http://peoriacameraclub.com

The Unity Point Methodist Service League Gift Show will take place at the Unity Point Atrium, 900 N. Main St., Peoria) from 4 – 6 pm on Friday and from 8 am – 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring handmade items, baked goods, floral arrangements, toys for all ages plus a raffle, admission and parking are free. For more information, click HERE

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

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 with artist demonstrations as well as items available for sale. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Easterseals 27th Annual Tribute Dinner will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Honoring Doug & Diane Oberhelman, tickets are available by calling 309-686-1177.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & 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 on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information about the Rivermen, visit www.Rivermen.net

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 5th Annual Tracy Trot Run/Walk will take place on the East Peoria Riverfront behind the East Peoria Wal-Mart at 401 River Road on Saturday beginning at 6:30 am. Former Congressman Ray LaHood will serve as honorary chair for the four-mile run and two-mile walk, which raises funding to support pancreatic cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and to Illinois CancerCare. Hosted by the Theresa Tracy Strive to Survive charitable foundation, registration and more information is available at www.theresatracytrot.com

The Calvary Temple Assembly of God (located at 5125 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) 5th Annual Craft, Vendor Show & Bake Sale will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Featuring home baked goodies, vendors and crafters, admission is free. For more information, visit www.mybluechurch.com

The Annual Local Author Fair will be held at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. Local authors will each have a table and an opportunity to meet fans as well as sell books. Admission is free, and a portion of the book sales will benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2143.

The Team Todd Benefit for Colon Cancer Awareness will take place at Butler’s Supper Club (located at 8702 W Main St. in Mapleton) on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. A benefit for medical expenses for Todd Neihoff, meals are $6 along with a bake sale, a silent auction and prizes. For more information, call 309-697-0068.

Pasta for Patriots will take place at the Elks Lodge (located at 1 Elks Drive in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for Veterans and children under 12. The dinner, hosted by the Illinois Valley Fuller Center, features live music and a silent auction benefiting Illinois Valley Fuller Center to assist Tri County Veterans with home repairs. To order tickets or for information, call 309-363-3737 or visit http://fullercenter.org

CASA of Peoria County will present the 12th Annual CASAblanca “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The dance competition features 11 local “celebrities,” each paired with a talented instructor. Dancers will vie for the People’s Choice Award, to be determined by online voting, and Critics’ Choice Award, determined by judges and guests that evening. Tickets are $200 and are available by calling 309-669-2939. For more information, visit www.casapeoria.org

The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission standing tickets are $30 and seated tickets are $40 and are available at www.LimelightEventplex.com
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Dream Theater will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50, $59.50 and $74.50 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

The 5th Annual EDGE Run will take place on the Methodist College campus (located at 7600 N. Academic Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 am. Featuring a 5K/10K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk, with a quarter-mile Kids’ Run for children up to age 10, registration is $35 for the Run or Walk and $5 for the Kids Run and proceeds will support scholarships for Methodist College students. For more information and to register, visit www.methodistcol.edu/the-edge

The Peoria Park District Sports Auction and Card Show will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring a silent auction, a raffle drawing and sports card vendors available to buy, sell or trade their sports cards and collectibles, the live auction will begin at 2 pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Admission is $1 for adults & free for kids aged 12 & under and raffle tickets are $10. For more information call 309-681-2868 or visit www.facebook.com/PPDSports

Celebrate Peoria: Dia de los Muertos will take place at the Peoria Playhouse (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Learn about Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”  featuring activities by Bradley University Association of Latin American Students and community members. Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for ages 65+ and free infants and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips, trained docents will be on hand.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage handcrafted garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family there are also exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Salem Lutheran Church’s “Hymns and Beer” will take place at the Lindenhof  (located at 7601 N Harker Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation, hymns will be led by Don Bauer, Director of Music from St. John’s in Bartonville plus a special performance by the Salem Men’s Quartet. Admission is free. Beer, soda and pretzels will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-688-9212.

Chonda Pierce will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $49.50 and $27 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