Get in the Holiday Spirit in the Peoria Area!
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THE SANTAS ARE COMING!!!
Santa Cause 5K - Brought to you by
Enjoy Peoria

The Santas are coming to Peoria for the 3rd annual Santa Cause 5K - brought to you by Enjoy Peoria! This 5K fun run is a family-friendly event for all ages! Runners get to dress up as Santa with a 5-piece Santa Suit that comes with registration! New this year is a one mile Reindeer Fun Run!


Saturday, December 9
PNC WINTERFEST IS BACK!
Peoria's newest holiday tradition returns - PNC Winterfest in Downtown Peoria! This holiday event will give central Illinois the chance to enjoy outdoor ice skating in the heart of Downtown Peoria! Spectators can watch the action from a heated tent with seating and refreshments. PNC Winterfest will also feature Peoria’s only ice slide, 6ft wide slide made of ice! Sliders will slide down on a disc, making it fun for all ages!
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN FULL SWING!
Looking for all the fun events that are part of East Peoria's Festival of Lights?
"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT"
Eastlight Theatre's presentation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" returns for its 27th year! This Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers. Thousands of people have enjoyed the magic of this Central Illinois holiday favorite!

December 1-3, 6-10
Location: Eastlight Theatre
CHRISTMAS ON COURT
Head on out to Pekin to kick off the holiday season with Christmas on Court! Help light up Court St. at the annual tree lighting, visit Santa at Pekin Community Bank, and enjoy a carriage ride with your family. Downtown Pekin businesses will once again host open houses featuring festive activities for the entire family to enjoy!

December 1
Location: Downtown Pekin
"RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER"
If you are looking for a holiday show even the kids would enjoy then check out "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" at the Peoria Civic Center! Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” it’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

December 2
Location: Peoria Civic Center
HOLLY DAYS IN THE HEIGHTS
It may have a new name, but this event is an annual Peoria Heights tradition! Formerly the Christmas Walk - Holly Days will feature Santa, carolers, special treats and great entertainment!

December 2-3
Location: Peoria Heights
SCHMIDT STRING STUDIO'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Come hear the music of the holidays performed by the students of the Schmidt String Studio and the members of the Morton Studio Chamber Orchestra! Over 35 musicians of all ages will take the stage. It's the perfect way to kick in the Christmas spirit!

December 5
Location: Morton Community United Church of Christ
"A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL" PRESENTED BY PEORIA POPS ORCHESTRA
Come and enjoy classic Christmas favorites at "A Christmas Festival" at Five Points Washington. This festive show will feature guest vocal soloists Nichole Fauser and Austin Shaw.

December 8
Location: Five Points Washingto
SANTA'S WILDLIFE EXPRESS
Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland with Santa’s Wildlife Express! Take a train ride through the North Pole and enjoy games, crafts, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and animal encounters!

December 8-10
Location: Wildlife Prairie Park
CHOCOLATE IN THE HEIGHTS
Looking for a sweet event? Head out to Peoria Heights for the annual “Chocolate in the Heights” festival! This event will feature in-store specials and businesses will have the opportunity to provide chocolate, hot chocolate or "chocolate-themed" items!

December 9
Location: Peoria Heights
KRISTKINDLMARKT
Experience old world Christmas at the annual Kristkindlmarkt at the Lindenhof! This is the Peoria German American Society's biggest holiday event! Enjoy German food, arts and crafts from thirty different vendors, plus great music!

December 9-10
Location: The Lindenhof of Peoria
PEORIA BALLET'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
An annual holiday tradition returns to the Peoria Civic Center as the Peoria Ballet presents “The Nutcracker!" Enjoy dazzling choreography, stunning sets & costumes, graceful dancers, and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

December 9-10
Location: Peoria Civic Center
Check out our Calendar of Events for more fun in the Peoria Area!
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