T he holidays are finally upon us! Winter has kicked in and we have one more month of fun 2016 activities! Take a look at some of the awesome events to check out during the first half of December! 

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Get ready for the second annual Santa Cause 5K in Downtown Peoria! Dress up as Santa (free suit with registration) and challenge your friends to this fun 5K! This year, the race will start and end at the Warehouse on State in the Warehouse District. Also - the PACVB is partnering with Dream Center Peoria! The Holidays are an especially hard time for families in need and you can help spread the warmth by donating coats, gloves, hats and other cold weather wear. There is still time to register - click  here for more!

Kick off the holiday season with an evening stroll through downtown Pekin at Christmas on Court, brought to you by Enjoy Peoria. Enjoy carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony, demonstrations and giveaways at local businesses. Also, make sure not to miss the live performances! Click here 
for more!

Ring in the holiday season in  historic downtown Washington  at the 2016 Candlelight Stroll.  Enjoy free carriage rides, a visit  with Santa, Christmas tree  lighting and a community sing!

December 1
Location: Downtown Washington


Turn on that juke box and go back in time for Conklin's "A Doo-Wop Christmas!" This brand-new revue of terrific holiday music and hilarious comedy sketches will take a look at how Christmas was celebrated on television during the 1950's and 1960's. Of course, any Conklin's Dinner Theater would not be complete without a buffet!

December 1-4
                                                            Location: Five Points Washington
                                                            Click here for more information

Enjoy two different presentations of the famous holiday ballet - "The Nutcracker!" The Central Illinois Ballet will dazzle crowds at Illinois Central College on December 2 and 3. The Peoria Ballet rendition will wow at the Peoria Civic Center on December 10 and 11!
Central Illinois Ballet
December 2 (7PM) and 3 (2PM and 7PM)
Location: Illinois Central College
Peoria Ballet
December 10 (2PM and 7:30P) and 11 (2PM)
Location: Peoria Civic Center

Click here or here for more information.


This walking tour of old homes offers visitors  the chance to shift life out of the fast line and to  have a firsthand experience of what life might  have been like during the early days. Decorated  for the holiday season, homeowners will  graciously open their homes to see the true  Christmas spirit reflected in their décor. Local  businesses will be open and will add to the  festive atmosphere of the evening.
December 3
Location: Peoria

Stroll through Peoria Heights during the annual Christmas Walk! Take your photo with Santa, listen to carolers and get some of your holiday shopping done at a number of local shops!
December 3
Location: Peoria Heights 


The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America's leading cause of disability. Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater.Be a champion of yes! 

December 3
Location: Downtown Peoria


Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland! Take a train ride through the North Pole and enjoy games, crafts, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and animal encounters!  

December 9-11
Location: Wildlife Prairie Park


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

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