What's Happening – 12/10

Tiffany Garavaglia

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Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this week in ILLINOISouth! Along with all of these great events, check out the recent post about Holiday Light Displays in the area.

Dec. 11, 2013 – Dec. 12, 2013
Las Mañanitas
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | Belleville, IL | 618-397-1210
This event celebrates the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe with Mexican decorations, serenades, dancers, flowers, and prayers beginning at 9pm and culminates with holy mass (in Spanish) at midnight. The community gathers after mass for breakfast with Mexican pastries, other foods and hot chocolate.

Dec. 12, 2013 – Dec. 15, 2013
7th Annual Christmas Carol
Granite City High School Performing Arts Center | Granite City, IL

Dec. 13, 2013 – Dec. 13, 2013
Santa House
Municipal Building | Greenup, IL | (217)849-2000
Santa will be a the Greenup Municipal Building from 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 13, 2013 – Dec. 13, 2013
Holly Jolly Christmas
Newton, IL | (618)783-3399
Singer Burl Ives (aka Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this even every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities.

Dec. 13, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Christmas in the Park
Charley Brown Park | Flora, IL | (618)662-5646
Christmas in the Park features horse drawn carriage rides, little toot train rides, petting zoo, Santa Claus in the Santa House, lots of festive light displays and more!

Dec. 13, 2013 – Dec. 15, 2013
Holiday Craft Show
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds Expo. Center | Belleville, IL | 618-233-0052
Handcrafted furniture, florals, jewelry, wearable art, candles and more…

Dec. 13, 2013 – Dec. 15, 2013
A Christmas Carol
Looking Glass Playhouse | Lebanon, IL | (618)537-4962
The classic Charles Dickens play about Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim is performed by area thespians.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Gingerbread Cookie Walk – Illinois Trekkers
Belleville, IL | (618)277-0830
Walk Illinois’ longest Main Street and stroll through quaint shops and great eateries while collecting holiday cookies. Register to walk and purchase cookie bags to carry your cookies along the 5K and 10K marked trails.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Christmas Spectacular
Four Points by Sheraton | Fairview Heights, IL | (618) 489-2040
Come join us & see Santa Claus. Games, balloon twisting, carolers, face painting, pictures of your little angel & Santa and will be available for sale.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Travel Back to Bethlehem
Beulah United Methodist Church | 6948 Sumner Road | Sumner, IL 62439 | (618)936-2325
Go thru the beautiful decorated city of Sumner and follow the luminaries south to Beulah Church. Live biblical scenes portrayed for the last 2 miles including; Mary and Joseph headed towards Bethlehem, King Herod, shepherds guarding their flocks, live animals at the Live Nativity. Enjoy refreshments in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy live music in the Sanctuary.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Mouse House
Toledo Christian Church | Toledo, IL | (217)849-2071
Children up to 12 years old can shop for holiday gifts at reasonable prices from 9-11 a.m. Children can visit with Santa at the Sumpter Township Library from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2013
Statehouse Christmas Open House
Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site | Vandalia, IL | (618)283-1161
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public on Dec. 14. Visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will find the building illuminated by more than 250 candles and trimmed with decorations appropriate to the 1840s, when a young Abraham Lincoln served there. The decorations include fresh greenery and fruits. Festivities are from 5-8 p.m. The first 100 families to visit the open house will receive a special ornament to hang on their tree this holiday season. Music will play as visitors take candle light tours. The Friends of the Old State Capitol will provide refreshments.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 15, 2013
Christmas at Eckert’s
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms | Belleville, IL | (618)233-0513
Head over to Eckert’s this holiday season! From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. join Santa for breakfast at the restaurant. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Garden Center, children can be entertained during Eckert’s Holiday Storytime. After the story, kids will be able to make a gingerbread craft. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Country Store, build that gingerbread house you’ve longed to build. Eckert’s provides the supplies and guidance while you supply the creativity!

Dec. 14, 2013 – Dec. 22, 2013
Santa’s Village
Tri-Township Park | Troy, IL | 618-667-8769
Saturday and Sundays come visit Santa in Tri-Township Park and bring your camera for pictures with the jolly man himself along with his reindeer and helper elves.

Dec. 15, 2013 – Dec. 15, 2013
Christmas Celebration
1003 Olive Street | Evansville, IL | (618)853-4435
Dinner, cash raffle, country store, Christmas Flea Market

Dec. 15, 2013 – Dec. 16, 2013
The Glory of Christmas
St. Matthew United Methodist Church | Belleville, IL | 618-397-5994
This musical drama includes 200 people encompassing choir, orchestra, drama troupe, horse drawn sleigh and parade of the wooden soldiers.

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

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