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What's Happening – 11/20

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Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this weekend in ILLINOISouth!

Fantasy of Lights
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Foundation Park – Centralia, IL
From Dusk to 11 p.m.

Kaskaskia Valley Audubon Society – Christmas Bird Counts
Thursday, November 21, 2013
1010 Locust St. – Red Bud, IL
Vernon Kleen will talk to us about Christmas Bird Counts. Vern will take us on a journey through the day of participating in a Christmas Bird Count, looking at what birds might be found in different habitats during the winter season. Vern Kleen is a familiar face to us, having orchestrated the hummingbird banding at our KVAS Nature Festivals over the years.

Frauenabend
Friday, November 22, 2013
Maeystown, IL
Enjoy an evening just for the ladies! Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature unique dining, shopping and pampering for the holidays. Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30–8:30 p.m. The Maeystown General Store will offer private label food samplings, the Village Kaffeehaus will feature its Smooth Brew and teas, the Sweet Shoppe will offer discounts on teapots, Georgia Mae’s Antiques will offer discounts on select items and the Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors.

Lighted Parade
Friday, November 22, 2013
Red Bud, IL

White County Christmas
Friday, November 22, 2013 – Saturday, November 23, 2013
Downtown – Carmi, IL
Friday night is the lighting of the Christmas tree. The museums will be open, the Chocolate Tasting with take place along with the holiday stroll. Saturday will have a craft show, holiday stroll, Festival of Trees, Reindeer Run/Walk, reindeer games for the children and a soup lunch at the Senior Center.

Victorian Holiday Weekend
Friday, November 22, 2013 – Sunday, November 24, 2013
4 miles north of Hwy 64 on Rte. 4 – Lebanon, IL
Carriage rides, entertainment, children’s activities, shopping and food vendors are set up for your enjoyment on “brickstreet” in quaint, historic Lebanon! Enjoy caroling as the Lamplighter illuminates the shops. Visit the Mermaid Inn where Charles Dickens stayed!

Holiday Happenings
Friday, November 22, 2013 – Sunday, November 24, 2013
Red Bud, IL
A full weekend of activity kicks off the holiday season. The parade is Friday night, Chili Cook–Off on Saturday and Home tour and Santa’s arrival on Sunday.

Way of Lights
Friday, November 22, 2013 – Friday, January 3, 2014
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – Belleville, IL
44th Annual Way of Lights – This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive–thru light display, tree & wreath displays, an interactive children’s village, camel rides and an indoor laser show. With over one million lights, this event celebrates the true meaning of Christmas…the birth of Jesus.

Art and Wine Walk
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Downtown – Belleville, IL
Join us in Belleville Downtown in celebration of one of the greatest pairings of all time  Art and Wine!

Girls Day Out
Saturday, November 23, 2013
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows – Belleville, IL
Jump start your Christmas shopping and enjoy lots of fun at the Shrine’s Girls Day Out! With a multitude of vendors, and so much more, this exciting event has something for girls of all ages!

Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade & Chili Cook–Off
Saturday, November 23, 2013
2000 Edison Ave. – Granite City, IL
Large holiday parade with over 100 entries followed by Chili Cook–Off. Free stuff for the kids as well as vendors and lots of fun for the family.

Lighted Christmas Parade & Open House
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Downtown – Grayville, IL

Columbia’s Holiday Cruise
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – Sunday, November 24, 2013
Main Street – Columbia, IL
Gear up for the holidays and take a cruise in your car around Columbia for some unique Christmas shopping and chances to win some great prizes.

Craft Show
Saturday, November 23, 2013 – Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Holiday Motel – Olney, IL
There will be wood crafts, scented jellies, spices, jewelry, quilter, knitting, Signature Home Style, wooden flowers, Tupperware and much, much more!

Quilt Cash Bingo
Sunday, November 24, 2013
1003 Olive Street – Evansville, IL
Bingo games, flea market, quilt raffle, pot of gold and lunch stand.

Saint Louis Windy Symphony
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Hett – Lebanon, IL
A versatile ensemble of St. Louis area music educators perform classical and contemporary woodwind compositions, patriotic marches, show tunes, jazz and more.

Christmas Open House
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Red Bud Area Museum – Red Bud, IL
The museum will feature an old time Christmas display in addition to the hundreds of items that have been donated to the museum. It will be held in conjunction with the Chamber’s Holiday Happenings that day.

For more information on these and other great events visit our online calendar of events here.

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