We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Looking for something to do with your family? Take a look at some of the awesome events to check out before and after your Thanksgiving Dinner! 

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SHOP LOCAL DURING THE HOLIDAYS!

When you are out shopping for family and friends for the holidays, remember that when you shop local, you are directly helping out YOUR community and the people that live there. Local sales tax dollars help pay for public services including police, fire, public works - not to mention improves local job growth! For more on shopping local in Peoria and Peoria County, click here!
"A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL"

America's #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a hilarious holiday musical. This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas.

November 11-20
Location: Peoria Players Theater

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TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION

Go back in time and step on board the RMS Titanic at "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. This exhibit will take v isitors on a journey through the life of the infamous ocean liner. Learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
 
November 12 - March 12
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum

HOBNOB HOLIDAY MARKET

Etsy and Pinterest comes to life at the Peoria Civic Center during the Hobnob Holiday Market.  Over 150 handpicked vendors from all over the Midwest will be bringing their best vintage finds and fantastic handmade goods to the market.

November 18-19
Location: Peoria Civic Center

 MORTON HOLIDAZZLE

Kick off holiday shopping in Morton with the Holidazzle Open House. This will give you a chance to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Join the holiday celebration Friday night with the Community Christmas Tree Llghting, a great chili supper, candle lit walk to the shops and hot cocoa and pretzels. 

November 18-19
Location: Downtown Morton

LUTHY HOLIDAY POINSETTIA SHOW

The holiday season would not be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Gardens for their annual Poinsettia Show! Enjoy the tropical collection blends of plants with hundreds of poinsettias inside the Conservatory. You can also pick out a special gift at the gift shop.

November 18 - December 31
Location: Luthy Botanical Gardens

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS EAST PEORIA

One of Peoria's biggest holiday traditions returns   for the 32nd year - the East Peoria Festival of   Lights! Enjoy your favorite light displays; from   the Budweiser Clydesdales to the Starship   Enterprise, this drive-through event is a holiday   season must do!

November 19 - December 31
Location: East Peoria

THE MANSION ON WALNUT - 
FUNERAL TEA

Experience the prim and proper shenanigans when five ladies gather in a small town in Yorkshire, England for tea following the cremations of dear departed Uncle Jacob.  This amusing comedy spins a tale of gossip, memories, and misunderstandings between family, friends, and the local caterer as they meet to share a delicious repast and reminisce about the "old days."

November 19
Location: The Mansion on Walnut - Pekin

CHOCOLATE TURKEY

Get some exercise in before Thanksgiving dinner  at the Chocolate Turkey, a three mile race presented  by Shazam Racing. After the race, enjoy a chocolate  fondue spread and hot chocolate!

November 24
Location: Peoria Riverfront

SANTA CLAUS PARADE AND 
YULE LIKE PEORIA

Say hello to Santa Claus as he stops through  Peoria in the 129th annual Santa Claus Parade  - the longest running holiday parade in the  country! Get into the holiday spirit with a number  of floats, local bands, costumed characters and candy! Later, see Downtown Peoria lit up and decorated at the annual "Yule Like Peoria"! Enjoy  refreshments and entertainment from a number  of businesses around the Courthouse Plaza!
 
November 25
Location: Peoria

KRISTKINDLMARKT

Experience old world Christmas at the sixth annual Kristkindlmarkt at the Lindenhof! This is the Peoria German American Society's biggest holiday event! Enjoy German food, crafts and music! Fröhliche Weihnachten!
 
November 26-27 and December 10-11
Location: Peoria Lindenhof

PNC WINTERFEST

Peoria's newest holiday tradition is back! This second annual event gives central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue. PNC Winterfest will also feature Peoria's only ice slide, a 100ft long, 6ft wide slide made of ice! Slide down on a disc, fun for all ages! 

November 27 - January 3
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