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November

Last Chance Tour at McPike Mansion

Nov. 1, 6 pm

 

McPike Mansion 

2018 Alby St.

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 830-2179

 

Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium.  Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. There will be something special planned for each tour. For more information, contact Sharyn at (618) 830-2179.


Special Exhibt: Mourning Col. Stephenson

Nov. 1,  Noon to 3 pm

 

1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

409 S. Buchanan St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 692-1818

 

Join us as we explore the macabre side of the Stephenson House history. Col. Stephenson died in the house on October 10, 1822 and visitors will get a glimpse of the mourning customs practiced by the family two centuries ago. 

This special exhibit will be on display October 1-November 1. Please note the hours of operation are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (The house is closed Monday- Wednesday.)

For more information, call (618) 692-1818.


Throttle America Swap Meet

Nov. 1, 9 am to 3 pm

 

Hawg Pit BBQ Barn

821 W. Main St.

Grafton, IL 62037

(314) 835-7426

 

Throttle America presents an Auto and Motorcycle Swap meet at the legendary Hawg Pit Barbecue Barn in Grafton on Sunday, November 1, 2020!!

Vending & Swap Meet spots are available for free. There is no charge to enter. 

For more information or to become a vendor, call (314) 835-7426 or email ThrottleIncBranide@gmail.com

See y'all there!


City of the Sun 5K Virtual Run

Nov. 1- 8

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site & Interpretive Center

30 Ramey St.

Collinsville, IL 662234

(618) 344-7316

 

While this years race may look a little different, we are excited to be able to have it again! You may run your 5k at any time during the week of Nov. 1st-8th. If you want to run our course, it will be set up provided there are no weather or COVID-19 related issues and will remain open from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Nov. 8th. There will NOT be any race support that day. If you have any questions please call us at (618) 344-7316 or email us at museumsociety@cahokiamounds.org.


The Miracle Worker at Alton Little Theater

Nov. 1, 2 pm

 

Alton Little Theater

2450 N. Henry St.

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 462-3205

 

Immortalized on stage and screen, this classic story tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller.

Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and Matinee Performances are at 2 pm, with the theater opening ONE HOUR before curtain. Late arrivals are seated at the discretion of the House Manager and at a suitable break in the play’s action—HOWEVER, due to the guidelines set out by the State of Illinois, Seating Capabilities will be a “fluid” number until the COVID-19 Virus has abated. Guests will ENTER and EXIT Through Different Doors, be seated with Spacing apart, be strongly encouraged to wear Masks (and some will be provided), guests will have the opportunity to avail themselves of Hand  Sanitizer AND Restroom use (in smaller monitored numbers) BUT will NOT have the opportunity to Congregate or partake of food and beverage in the foyer until the Public Health Authority gives ALT the Green Light to do so.

These Changes will take an adjustment period but will allow the good folks of the Riverbend to still enjoy WONDERFUL  Live Theater (at a very affordable price!).  Additional new policies will be posted on the Website AND in the Completely DISPOSABLE PROGRAMS given out (NO recycling)

Please be patient as we figure everything out TOGETHER!


Explore the Nature Institute Hike

Nov. 5 & 19

 

The Nature Institute

2213 S. Levis Lane

Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-9930

 

Each week venture out into every corner of the preserve with our intrepid educators. You will get a chance to explore our forests, prairies, ponds, and streams and investigate the wild things that live in each habitat. Plan on hiking ~ 1.5 miles. Please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes. Family friendly/all ages welcome. Park in the lot and meet your guide near the map kiosk. This program is free, no advanced registration required– first come, first served.


Phantasmagoria III Reception at Jacoby Arts Center

Nov. 7, 7 pm to 11 pm

 

Jacoby Arts Center

627 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 462-5222

 

A celebration of all things dark, spooky, creepy, grotesque, and Halloween. Phantasmagoria embodies the spirit of the strange and curious.

Capacity for this event is 25. Masks Required.

 

SHOWING: October 4th - November 7th

Wednesday - Saturday

10am-5pm

Sunday

12pm-4pm

 

RECEPTION: Saturday, Nov 7th 7-11pm

JURIED BY: Jacoby Staff and WarmSodaMag Alumni

 

 

ARTISTS:

Larissa Barnat

Robert Bolla

Lynn Carter

Adriana Daniel

William Delaney

Allie Dhuy

Kim Garavaglia

James Gianforti

Claressa Griffin

William Harroff

Kyla Hawkins

Steve Kuppinger, Jr.

Zachary Lassen

Shawn Lohman

Jillian MacMaster

Christopher miller

Christina Rakey

Jennifer Reida

Rosa Renner

Bill Russell

Sherry Shayan

CyRhen Sohngs

Orrin Taylor

Travis Ware

Robert Weber

Nick Williams

Amy Williams 

 


 

Alton Little Theater: Broadway Salutes America

Nov. 7, 7:30 pm

Nov. 8, 2 pm

 

Alton Little Theater

2450 N. Henry St.

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 462-3205

 

Join Alton Little Theater for Broadway Salutes American on November 7th or 8th.

A musical review that celebrates not politics, but the American Spirit through song and prose with four generations of performers! This show will be sure to touch your heart and help us all remember our veterans and the music and memories that inspired our country!

Tickets are half price to Veterans, First Responders, and Merical Personnel who buy tickets during box office hours.

For more information call, (618) 462-3205.


 

A Evening with the Lemp Family

Nov. 7, 7 pm to 10 pm

 

Mineral Springs Mall

301 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

(217) 791-7859

 

Join Troy and Lisa from American Hauntings at the haunted Mineral Springs Hotel for another night of “An Evening with…” series of events! This eerie night will include a catered dinner from the Best Western Premier in Alton and will be served at the hotel, just as they did back in 1914 when the hotel opened. After dinner, author Troy Taylor will be presenting “An Evening with the Lemp Family,” the true story of the history and hauntings of the Lemp brewing family of St. Louis!

The story of the Lemp family has become the stuff of legend, but it’s one that few people truly know. The Lemp family, and their infamous mansion, have inspired books, ghost stories, and television shows, but the true story of their lives has become a confusing and convoluted mixture of myths, misconceptions, folklore, and outright lies. It’s become nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction about this haunted family – until now.

We have limited spots available for this special night, so don’t miss it!

 


Carlinville Market Days

Nov. 7, 8 am to 3 pm

 

Carlinville Square

106 Northside Square

Carlinville, IL 62626

 

In the heart of Macoupin County is Carlinville and in the heart of Carlinville is the square. That's where you'll find Carlinville's Market Days!

Come shop all the treasures the first Saturday of every month, April through November. Caravan of vendors offering hundreds of hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind items!

Come for the treasures... Stay for the day!

For more information or to become a VIP vendor please contact Perry at (217) 565-0937.


 

Hakuna Matata: Fall Foliage Sunset Cruise

Nov. 7, 4 pm to 6 pm

 

Grafton Harbor

215 W. Water St.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-7678

 

Fall Foliage Sunset Cruises along the Palisading Bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi Bluffs is a truly breathtaking experience! Whether you choose to sip on wine, bring a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the view, our crew will be sure that your experience is wonderful!! 

 

Boarding, which is at Grafton Harbor, begins 30 minutes prior to the cruise. For more information or to make reservations, call (618) 786-7678.

 


Regency Ribbin Flower Workshop

Nov. 8, 2 pm to 4 pm

 

1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

409 S. Buchanan St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 692-1818

 

For centuries ribbons have been used in a functional fashion, eventually becoming more decorative to adorn garments and accessories with bows and flowers. Join us on November 8th from 2 pm to 4 pm as we explore the craft of ribbon flowers where each workshop participant will make a flower with silk and satin ribbons. 

Workshop is limited to 6 participants. Previous hand-sewing skills are recommended. 

 


Wine Festival

Nov. 8, Noon to 4 pm

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Converence Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-2331

 

With great enthusiasm and anticipation, Pere Marquette Lodge is proud to present their annual Wine Festival.

Guests can sample dozens of wines from around the world, and are challenged to find their favorite at this giant wine tasting event.

Festival goers will receive a Pere Marquette Lodge wine glass along with tasting rights to all of the featured wines displayed throughout the Lodge. Participants can enjoy dozens of wines, listen and dance to live music, munch on appetizers, check out unique vendors and relish in a day full of wine all for a good cause. Pere Marquette Lodge will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the Wine Festival to the Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.

Only guests 21 and up allowed, must have a valid ID to obtain pass. Entry into the Festival is $30 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass, appetizers, live music and seven wine tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are 2 for $1 and can be purchased at the Front Desk.


Ghosts of the River Road Dinner Tour

Nov. 13, 7 pm 

 

Bluff City Grill

424 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

(217) 791-7859

 

Join Troy and Lisa from American Hauntings for a fun-filled night of cold chills as we travel the Great River Road in search of spirited tales!

The night begins with dinner at the Bluff City Grill in Alton, followed by a trip along the Mississippi River to Grafton, which will include the history and hauntings of the region’s, eerie locations and spooky stories.

In Grafton, we’ll be make a stop at the town’s most haunted spot and then the ghostly tales continue as we return to Alton, with a special final stop in town at the mysterious Mineral Springs Hotel.

 


Heartsfield at Wildey Theatre

Nov. 14, 7:30 pm to 10 pm

 

Wildey Theatre

252 N. Main St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 307-1750

 

Heartsfield has toured the United States in each decade since the 1970s, having performed over 5,000 shows for millions of fans. Having released 12 albums, sold millions of records, and helped pioneer the Americana-based Southern Rock/ Country Rock music for which they are known, their shows are full of fun, up-tempo, footstompin' music that gets the crowd involved, signing and dancing away! Expect a night of hot pickin', strong vocals, rich harmonies, driving rhythms, great songs, triple lead guitar work from their catalog of hits!

 


Three Little Pigs: An Opera For Kids- On Film!

Nov. 14

 

Opera Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL 62025

 

The whole family will love this operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart!

A virtual field trip to the opera, featuring SIUE university performers in an operatic adaptation created specially for the enjoyment of kids. The magic of opera meets the music of Mozart!

This is generously funded by the Edwardsville Rotary Club.

Presented in partnership with Once Films, Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville Public Library, SIUE Arst & Issues Series, and the Edwardsville Children's Museum


Virtual Run, Wizards, Run 5K & 1 Mile Walk

Nov. 14

(618) 692-1818

 

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Run, Wizards, Run 5K & 1 Mile walk will not be held in person. A virtual run will be held instead of a physical race. Participants can register for the virtual run and run a 5K any time between the time of registration and one week after the closing date. Participants will receive their race swag which includes an event shirt and a custom race decal.

The deadline to register for the virtual run is November 14th, 2020. Race fee is $30 per person. In lieu of running a 5K, participants can make a $20 donation to the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House. 


An Evening with the St. Louis Exorcism

Nov. 14, 7 pm

 

Mineral Springs mall

301 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

(217) 791-7859

 

Join Troy and Lisa from American Hauntings at the haunted Mineral Springs Hotel for another night of our “An Evening with…” series of events! This eerie night will include a catered dinner from the Best Western Premier in Alton and it will be served at the hotel, just as they did back in 1914 when the hotel opened. After dinner, author Troy Taylor will be presenting “An Evening with the St. Louis Exorcism,” the true and uncensored story of the infamous St. Louis Exorcism of 1949!

WILL INCLUDE TRUE, UNCENSORED, NEVER-BEFORE-PRESENTED MATERIAL FROM THE CASE — EVEN MORE THAN WAS INCLUDED IN TROY’S BOOK!

This is an eye-opening, often horrifying presentation that is not for the faint of heart and is not to be mistaken for the faux documentaries or shoddy research that has been done in the past. This night will truly set the record straight – a fact that will having you sleeping with the lights on long after you get home!


 

Knee High Naturalists

Nov. 18, 10 am to 11 am

 

The Nature Institute

2213 S. Levis Lane

Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-9930

 

This year we will use some of our favorite kids movies to learn more about nature! Join us outdoors to learn about bugs, forests, animals and stars, go on a short hike, and take home a new book! Groups will be limited to 10 children per time slot. In the event that we need to transition to stay at home, we will have a Knee-High Naturalist kit available for parent pickup, including all of the materials needed to do the activities at home.

October 14 – UP

Are you an explorer at heart? This month we will be explorers of our local forests, and talk a bit about how our forest is different from the rain forest.

November 18 – Brother Bear

What animals live in North America? We will talk about some of the different animals that live here, and how they rely on the ecosystem around them for food and shelter.

 


Santa Claus Visits at City Park

Nov. 21- Dec. 19, Wednesdays 5:30 pm to8:30 pm & Saturdays 1 pm to 4 pm

 

Edwardsville City Park

101 S. Buchanan St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 692-7538

 

The City of Edwardsville Parks & Recreation Department is excited to welcome back Santa Claus along with his elf to greet children from his home in City Park. Santa’s festively decorated house will once again be located on 101 South Buchanan Ave. in front of the Edwardsville Public Library.

Visitors are welcome to tell Santa their holiday wishes on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting Saturday, November 20 until December 20.

Those who visit on Saturday, November 30 will get to see him arrive at City Park in a big fire truck courtesy of the Edwardsville Fire Department.

Parents are encouraged to take their own pictures. For more information, contact the Parks Department at 692-7538.


Edwardsville 11th Annual Turkey Trot Virtual 5K

Nov. 22- 29

 

New to participating in a virtual run? Here's how it works!

A Virtual Run is a race in which you can run (or walk, or trot, or gobble) from any location you choose on the paths or roads of your community. You get to run at your own pace and time it yourself. Or, you can sleep in and still get the credit! Either way, you still get to support Edwardsville Neighbors. Registered participants can complete their chosen distance any time during the period between November 22 and November 29 and will receive the 2020 Turkey Trot Swag!

A drive-thru packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 8 am to Noon and on Wednesday, November 25 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Weinheimer Opel Law Firm in Edwardsville. More details will be emailed out to all participants prior to the start of the virtual 5k.

 


Jereymiah Johnson CD Release Concert with Amanda Fish at Wildey Theatre

Nov. 21, 8 pm

 

Wildey Threatre

252 N. Main St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 307-1750

 

Born and raised in St. Louis, Jeremiah Johnson has become the international modern-day voice of Mississippi River blues. Blues Blast Magazine wrote, "Jeremiah Johnson delivers biting blues rock with his commanding guitar attack bolstered by his hearty pipes and a crack backing band."

This show is in celebration of Jeremiah's new CD. Opening the show will be Amanda Fish.

Don't miss out on this outstanding night of blues music in the intimate Wildey Theatre setting.

 


Carlinville’s Annual Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 24m 5:30 pm to 8 pm

 

Carlinville Historic Square

112 North Side Square

Carlinville, IL 62626

(217) 854-2141

 

Bundle up and head to Carlinville's quaint Town Square for the annual Christmas lighting ceremony. Santa will arrive in style on a fire engine, so be sure to tell him what's on your Christmas list! The Children's Garden and Zion Lutheran Preschool will be caroling and Mayor Demuzio will light the historic Square.


Thanksgiving Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge

Nov. 26, 11 am to 5 pm

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-2331

 

Come out and let us do the cooking as you and your family enjoy our Thanksgiving Feast! We’ve got all of the Turkey Day traditions plus so much more! You’re bound to go home with full bellies and great memories! Featuring carving stations, traditional & unique selections of side dishes, salads and dessert including a banana’s foster station! For more information, call (618) 786-2331.

 


Annual Fall Native American Holiday Market Virtural

Nov. 27- 29

 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

30 Ramey St.

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 344-9221

 

Join us for Cahokia Mounds's Annual Fall Native American Holiday Market which is going virtual this year! The market will run Nov. 27- 29, 2020.

Purchase holiday gift items made by Native American artists and craftspeople. Unique and handmade items will include jewelry, paintings, herbals, weaving, baskets, pottery, metal work, sculptures and more.

 


Bethalto Christmas Village

Nov. 27 – Jan. 1, 6:30 pm to 9 pm

 

Bethalto Arboretum

E. Central St.

Bethalto, IL 62010

(618) 377-8051

 

Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through the Arboretum in Bethalto, with lighted trees, glass cottages, wire art, nativity, and much more!! The park has a paved path and is open daily until 9 am from November 27, 2020, through January 1, 2021. Visitors are welcome to drive by the Village however for the best experience it is recommended to walk the 1/2 mile path. 

Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, family-fun event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. Created for all ages, by all ages, Bethalto Christmas Village embodies the cooperation of the residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations, and village officials to create an amazing Christmas experience! 

For more information, call (618) 377-8051.


Christmas Wonderland

Nov. 27- Dec. 27

Mon. – Fri. 6 pm to 9 pm

Sat. & Sun. 5 pm to 9 pm

 

Rock Spring Park

2100 College Ave.

Alton, IL 62002

(800) 258-6645

 

Begin your holiday celebration when you experience the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Spring Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland.

Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 4 million lights decorating the park!

Christmas Wonderland is open the day after Thanksgiving through late December. Visit the twinkling lights from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday - Friday or 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday & Sunday.The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people.

For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call (800) 258-6645.

 

Please note due to social distancing restrictions there will not be a walk-thru night, enchanted forest, or Santa for the 2020 season. 


10th Annual Borderline Christmas at Alton Wood River Sportsmen's Club

Nov. 28, 6 pm to Midnight

 

Alton Wood River Sportsmen's Club

3109 Godfrey Road

Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-3042

 

Join us for an evening benefitting Toys for Tots with great local live music!! Bring in a new unwrapped toy and you receive free entry to this event. Live music all evening will be provided by Borderline, Social Lite, Number 4 Combo, and Tommy Karlas!


Shop Staunton Businesses Saturday/ Virtual Tree Lighting

Nov. 28

 

Participating Businesses throughout Staunton

229 W. Main St.

Staunton, IL 62088

 

Due to the Governor's orders, we are changing the usual Tree Lighting and Holiday Walk in Staunton to Shop Staunton Business Saturday! 

On Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday. We invite you out to Shop Staunton Businesses! When you go to the participating businesses you will be given a gold envelope that you will need to hold onto until that evening. You can visit as many of the participating businesses as you wish to get more gold envelopes. 

Then Saturday evening at dark there will be a Facebook live/ channel 13 Madison Communications Television Virtual Tree Lighting and drawing for gift certificates. This is when you will be able to see if you have the winning number in your gold envelope! We hope to make this a fun day of rediscovering what Staunton Businesses have to offer on Small Business Saturday!


Downtown Country Christmas Bright Nights

Nov. 28 – Dec. 25

 

Jerseyville, IL 62052

(618) 567-0739

 

Join us for the Downtown Country Christmas Bright Nights! Come explore our windows and see the lights shining bright for family fun from the comfort of your car!

Visit Jerseyville and see over 20-holiday window displays, lights on the Jersey County Courthouse, and at Dolan Park. Visit Santa on Nov. 28th in Downtown from 4 pm to 8 pm and see the City's 35 ft. Christmas Tree lit at 5 pm. We encourage all visitors to follow all social distancing guidelines and wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others. 


You’ve Been Elfed

Nov. 30

 

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-7529

 

The holidays are coming and the Elves will help you get in the spirit! You can "Elf" friends or family members by sending them a special Holiday Box!

Each box contains just what they need to jump into the holidays: A Holiday Book, Snowman Soup, a Holiday Ornament Craft, instructions to send a letter to Santa, and even food for Santa's Reindeer. 

Deliveries are available for Nov. 30, Dec. 1, or Dec. 2, 2020.

Spaces are limited! You can register by calling the City of Collinsville Parks and Recreation Departement at (618) 346-7529.

December 

Christmas Wonderland

Dec. 1 - 27

Mon. – Fri. 6 pm to 9 pm

Sat. & Sun. 5 pm to 9 pm

 

Rock Spring Park

2100 College Ave.

Alton, IL 62002

(800) 258-6645

 

Begin your holiday celebration when you experience the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Spring Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland.

Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 4 million lights decorating the park!

Christmas Wonderland is open the day after Thanksgiving through late December. Visit the twinkling lights from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday - Friday or 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday & Sunday.The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people.

For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call (800) 258-6645.

 

Please note due to social distancing restrictions there will not be a walk-thru night, enchanted forest, or Santa for the 2020 season. 

 


Bethalto Christmas Village

Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, 6:30 pm to 9 pm

 

Bethalto Arboretum

E. Central St.

Bethalto, IL 62010

(618) 377-8051

 

Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through the Arboretum in Bethalto, with lighted trees, glass cottages, wire art, nativity, and much more!! The park has a paved path and is open daily until 9 am from November 27, 2020, through January 1, 2021. Visitors are welcome to drive by the Village however for the best experience it is recommended to walk the 1/2 mile path. 

Bethalto Christmas Village is a free, family-fun event designed to share the Spirit of Christmas throughout the community and region. Created for all ages, by all ages, Bethalto Christmas Village embodies the cooperation of the residents, businesses, churches, civic organizations, and village officials to create an amazing Christmas experience! 

For more information, call (618) 377-8051.


Downtown Country Christmas Bright Nights

Dec. 1 - 25

 

Jerseyville, IL 62052

(618) 567-0739

 

Join us for the Downtown Country Christmas Bright Nights! Come explore our windows and see the lights shining bright for family fun from the comfort of your car!

Visit Jerseyville and see over 20-holiday window displays, lights on the Jersey County Courthouse, and at Dolan Park. Visit Santa on Nov. 28th in Downtown from 4 pm to 8 pm and see the City's 35 ft. Christmas Tree lit at 5 pm. We encourage all visitors to follow all social distancing guidelines and wear a mask for your safety and the safety of others. 


You’ve Been Elfed

Dec. 1 & 2

 

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-7529

 

The holidays are coming and the Elves will help you get in the spirit! You can "Elf" friends or family members by sending them a special Holiday Box! Each box contains just what they need to jump into the holidays: A Holiday Book, Snowman Soup, a Holiday Ornament Craft, instructions to send a letter to Santa, and even food for Santa's Reindeer.  Deliveries are available for Nov. 30, Dec. 1, or Dec. 2, 2020. Spaces are limited! You can register by calling the City of Collinsville Parks and Recreation Departement at (618) 346-7529.

 


Ana Popovic at Wildey Theatre

Dec. 3, 8 pm

 

Wildey Theatre

252 N. Main St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 307-1750

 

Widely regarded as one of the world's very best female guitar-player, Ana's career has been meteoric and shows no signs of slowing down! The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new album 'Like It On Top', that focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models. The 5x Blues Music Awards nominee blends smoking electric funk slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove with soulful feminine vocals. Her incredible stage presence makes her an irresistible force in the music world. This is a rescheduled date. Tickets for the original date are valid for this new date. 


Explore the Nature Institute Hike

Dec. 3, 9:30 am to 11 am

 

The Nature Institute

2213 S. Levis Lane

Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-9930

 

Each week venture out into every corner of the preserve with our intrepid educators. You will get a chance to explore our forests, prairies, ponds, and streams and investigate the wild things that live in each habitat. Plan on hiking ~ 1.5 miles. Please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes. Family friendly/all ages welcome. Park in the lot and meet your guide near the map kiosk. This program is free, no advanced registration required– first come, first served.


Anti-Claus Murder Mystery Dinner

Dec. 4, 6:30 pm

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-2331

 

You've just won tickets to the hottest talk show!

Welcome to the Judy St. Judy show! It's the only daytime show that really gives Jerry Springer a run for his money! All kinds of non-functioning family skeletons will be brought out of the closet, but the big news is that Judy St. Judy has scored a huge guest! That's right! The jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, will make a guest appearance on tonight's show! Why? Because this is Judy's holiday show, "The Judy St Judy ...Making Christmas Special" Special. Hope everything goes right. I know that Judy can be a little stressed out from time to time and when that happens ... it can get a little crazy! Join Pere Marquette Lodge for their holiday-themed Mystery Dinner Theater, courtesy of Jest Murder Mysteries, where you can be the star of the show! Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, the vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Additional beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, the show, taxes and gratuity. Call Arielle at 618-786-2331, extension 338 to purchase tickets!


Virden’s Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 4, 7:30 pm

 

Downtown Virden

Fortune St.

Virden, IL 62690

(217) 965-3603

 

The twinkling lights of Christmas cheer come to life at Virden's lighted Christmas parade!

Typically, the Virden Annual Country Christmas would be held on Dec. 4 & 5. To keep everyone safe, we will be limited this year's Christmas event to the outdoor portion of the weekend which of course is the annual Lighted Christmas Parade! Click here for information on how to enter your float.

The deadline to participate is Nov. 27. The line up is at 6:30 p.m. (at Virden High School parking lot on Fortune St.), Judging at 7 p.m., and Step- Off at 7:30. Please, no other Santas. Santa Claus will be arriving via firetruck!

 


A Carlinville Christmas

Dec. 4 – 6

 

Carlinville Historic Square

112 North Side Square

Carlinville, IL 62626

(217) 854-2141

 

Holiday fun for the whole family can be found on the historic Carlinville Downtown Square. Get your shopping done with a visit to the Carlinville Christmas Market or peruse local shops and boutiques with great holiday sales. Families can enjoy festivities including arts and crafts for kids, ice sculptures, free sleigh rides, free fire engine rides, street performers, carolers, free Christmas movies at the historic Marvel Theatre on Saturday, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and thousands of twinkling lights lining the buildings and rooftops.


Carlinville Christmas Market

Dec. 4 & 5, 3 pm to 9 pm

 

Cross Church

1030 W. Main St.

Carlinville, IL 62626

(217) 854-2141

 

Don't miss the 31st annual Carlinville Christmas Market!

Strolling carolers, charming shops, local vendors, and more can be found around the Square in downtown Carlinville for the Christmas Market. The air will be filled with the aroma of kettle corn, roasted almonds, and pork rinds as you shop. Buy the kiddos a treat and take them to check out the live nativity scene and kids craft area! Christmas characters and carolers will be strolling around the market spreading Christmas cheer! The holiday fun will definitely keep going this year with keeping safety and precautions in mind.


Gathering of Trees Winter Market at Gateway Convention Center

Dec. 4 & 5

Gateway Convention Center

One Gateway Dr.

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 345-8998

 

* Masks and temperature checks required upon entering the building. Limited tickets are available due to social distancing.*

Vendors, silent auctions, and holiday cheer! Joyously celebrate the holidays by joining us at the Gathering of Trees held at the Collinsville Gateway Convention Center. The 40,000 square foot event space transforms into a holiday winter wonderland with beautifully decorated live trees, gorgeous wreaths, unique home decor, and vendors galore! Holiday magic abounds thanks to a generous community!

Dec. 4, from 7 pm to 9 pm VIP Tree Preview Night.

VIP tickets are $50 per person which includes entry, market, and all you can eat and drink.

VIP Preview Night: Have you been to the Festival of Trees before? This night will be set up much like years past with online bidding, food and beverages, entertainment, raffles, and more. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, limited tickets will be available. 

Dec. 5, from 10 am to 10 pm Gathering of the Tree & Winter Market. Tickets are sold in 2-hour time blocks.

Adult tickets: $25 which includes entry, winter market, two drink tickets, and appetizers

Children ticket: $15 which includes entry, winter market, and appetizers.

Gathering of Trees & The Winer Market: Your ticket will grant you two-hour access not only into the Gathering of Trees but also to the Winter Market where you will find vendors that offer a variety of holiday gifts!

Interested in sponsoring, decorating a tree, donating home decor, or becoming a vendor to the Winter Market: Contact Jeff Foster at (618) 345-8998 or JFoster@GatewayCenter.com

 


 

Winter Market at Senior Services Plus

Dec. 5, 8 am to Noon

 

Senior Services Plus

2603 N. Rodgers

Alton, IL 62002

(618) 465-3298

 

Stop by Senior Services Plus on the 1st Saturday of the month Dec. 5th through April 3, 2021 for the popular Winter Market! 

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some great gifts you didn't know you couldn't live without. 

Social distancing and proper face masks are required.


Recess Brewing Six Year Anniversary

Dec. 5, 2 pm

 

Recess Brewing

307 N. Main St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 692-5101

 

It's Recess Brewings six year anniversary!!! Come out and celebrate with us and this years annual release of Comrade!! There will be three variants this year including, Goshen Coffe Comrade- Our standard imperial stout with Goshen Coffee cold brew added Barrel Ages Comrade- this year is a little different than usual! We have aged out comrade imperial stout in a Willet Rye Whiskey barrel for the first time. Double Barrel Comrade- we are continuing the barrel aged fun from last year with Double Barrel Comrade! This batch saw a bourbon barrel for 6 months.


Reverse Collinsville Light-Up Christmas Parade

Dec. 5, 5:30 pm to 7 pm

 

Uptown Collinsville

Main St.

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-5200

 

Join us for the 4th Annual Collinsville Light-Up Parade! This year's parade will be a special reverse parade. You'll enjoy the displays and lights on the floats from the warmth of your car! Drive alongside the stationary floats on Main Street in Uptown Collinsville. There will be low-contact Candy Stops along the Parade Route, and you'll see Santa at the end of your drive!


Santa’s Chocolate Express

Dec. 5, 11 am to 5 pm

 

Drifters’ Eats & Drinks

1505 W. Main St.

Grafton, IL 62037

All aboard Santa's Chocolate Express! Hop on the shuttle and travel down Grafton's Main Street. Stop in to local shops to sample chocolatey holiday treats and shop the sales. Enjoy the sounds of carolers on the street and meet Santa Claus at The Grove Memorial Park. Santa’s Chocolate Express is an opportunity for everyone in the family to enjoy this town-wide holiday experience. Participants will visit local businesses to collect a variety of chocolates, enjoy caroling on the downtown streets, take a horse drawn trolley ride and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Grove Memorial Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Strollers can take in views of the majestic bluffs and the Illinois River as they enjoy the surrounding holiday celebration. Santa’s Chocolate Express will begin at Drifter’s Restaurant on the west end of Main Street. Tickets are required for this event and include free shuttle service, a complimentary treat at each participating business, specials and discounts at Grafton businesses and a holiday shopping bag with a small selection of chocolates and a holiday wine glass. Ticket holders will be invited to register to win a free overnight stay at one of those guest houses. With seven designated shuttle stops, “express riders” will experience a variety of shops, eateries and scenic views throughout town. Many businesses will be offering specials and discounts, giving riders and strollers a chance for some Christmas shopping or a special holiday meal. 


 

Alton Symphony Orchestra 76th Virtual Season

Dec. 5

 

On ASO YouTube Channel

 

Due to CDC Guidelines and Restrictions, the Alton Symphony Orchestra 76th Concert Season will be taking place online! Each concert will consist of a video that includes video recordings of previous concerts and a virtual recording provided by our current orchestra members. 

On Dec. 5, Feb. 21, and April 24, click here as the videos will premier on the ASO YouTube page on that particular date. Music comes alive for all this season from the comfort of your own home!

During this time we are relying on the generosity of our patrons.


An Evening with the St. Louis Exorcism

Dec. 5, 7 pm to 10 pm

 

Mineral Springs Mall

301 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

(217) 791-7859

 

Join Troy and Lisa from American Hauntings at the haunted Mineral Springs Hotel for another night of our “An Evening with…” series of events! This eerie night will include a catered dinner from the Best Western Premier in Alton and it will be served at the hotel, just as they did back in 1914 when the hotel opened. After dinner, author Troy Taylor will be presenting “An Evening with the St. Louis Exorcism,” the true and uncensored story of the infamous St. Louis Exorcism of 1949!

WILL INCLUDE TRUE, UNCENSORED, NEVER-BEFORE-PRESENTED MATERIAL FROM THE CASE — EVEN MORE THAN WAS INCLUDED IN TROY’S BOOK!

This is an eye-opening, often horrifying presentation that is not for the faint of heart and is not to be mistaken for the faux documentaries or shoddy research that has been done in the past. This night will truly set the record straight – a fact that will having you sleeping with the lights on long after you get home!


 

Knee High Naturalists

Dec. 9, 10 am to 11 am or 1 pm to 2 pm

 

The Nature Institute

2213 S. Levis Lane

Godfrey, IL 62035

(618) 466-9930

 

This year we will use some of our favorite kids movies to learn more about nature! Join us outdoors to learn about bugs, forests, animals and stars, go on a short hike, and take home a new book! Groups will be limited to 10 children per time slot. In the event that we need to transition to stay at home, we will have a Knee-High Naturalist kit available for parent pickup, including all of the materials needed to do the activities at home. 

December 9 – Moana

Moana used the stars to navigate to her destination. This month we will learn a little about the night sky and learn to appreciate it like Moana did.


“Christmas at the Wildey” A Special Holiday Broadcast

Dec. 11

 

Special Online Broadcast presented by Opera Edwardsville

 

Opera Edwardsville presents the 3rd Annual "Christmas at the Wildey" A Special Holiday Broadcast- Online!

Brought to you from the Wildey Theatre stage, featuring Opera Edwardsville favorites performing alongside Grammy Winnery & Opera Edwardsville Artistic Advisor Christine Brewer. The Sounds of the Season meet the Spirit of the Holiday!

Sponsored by Stifel and Opera Edwardsville's 2020 Sponsors.

Presented in partnership with the Once Films and the Wildey Theatre.

 


Collinsville Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 12, 8:30 am to 10 am 

 

Gateway Convention Center

One Gateway Dr.

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-7529

 

Join us for breakfast with the Jolly Ole' Man himself.... Santa!

This socially distanced event will require facial covering while you are not at your table. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon will be provided by Lottie's Cafe. A cash bar of Bloody Mary's and Mimosas will be available for participants 21 years old and older. A paying adult must accompany a child. One adult may accompany multiple children. 

 


Litchfield Christmas Parade

Dec. 12, 4 pm

 

City of Litchfield

400 N. State St.

Litchfield, IL 62056

(217) 324-2533

 

Spread holiday cheer throughout Litchfield, Illinois. Enjoy Christmas floats and costume contests! Floats: 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75, 3rd Place – $50!

Costume Contest: Parade participants dressed in theme and either on a float or walking, will be judged in the following age brackets: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12, with 1 winner chosen in each bracket! Winners will be announced at Library Park, after the parade!

Parade Registration Forms – Contact Litchfield Chamber of Commerce at 217-324-2533.


A Dickens of Killing Murder Mystery Dinner

Dec. 18, 6:30 pm

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

 

Welcome to a Holiday Party in Merry Olde England! A little singing! A little dancing! A little murder! What could be more fun?

Of course, Scrooge is up to his old tricks again, and someone bumps him off! Who did it? Miss Havisham? The Artful Dodger? Little Tiny Tim? Or...maybe you?!

Whether you want to participate a little, or a lot, you're sure to have a jolly good time, in jolly olde England, with "A Dickens of a Killing!"

Join the lodge for their Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, the vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Additional beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window.

Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, the show, taxes and gratuity. Please let us know if your group is purchasing tickets separately so we can make sure you are seated together.


Everhart & Light Original Song Showcase at Jacoby Arts Center

Dec. 18, 7 pm to 10 pm

 

Jacoby Arts Center

627 E. Broadway

Alton, IL 62002

 

Jacoby Arts Center welcomes you for a night of original music by songwriters Lisa Everhart Light & Paul Light with very special guests John Mondin, Rob McDonnell, John Scanion, Jim Farrell & John Francis. 

Songwriters in the round at Jacoby on Friday, Dec. 18th from 7 pm to 10 pm with a $10 cover charge at the doors. 

 


Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance

Dec. 20, 7 am to 8 am

 

Woodhenge Reconstruction

Cahokia Mounds

30 Ramey St.

Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 346-5160

 

Earlybirds can head over to Cahokia Mounds, one of the largest prehistoric cities, to take part in observing the winter solstice sunrise.

Arrive at 7 a.m. to learn about the discovery, form and function of this ancient post circle monument used as a calendar by the Mississippians.

Meet at the Woodhenge reconstruction. 


Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge

Dec. 25, 10 am to 4 pm

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-2331

 

The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Relax and enjoy a fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Made-to-order omelets, carving stations, traditional and unique selection of side dishes, salads and dessert, including a banana's foster station are all included in this incredible spread!

Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. Please call (618)786-2331 ext. 502 to make your reservations.


The Ozark Mountain Daredevils at The Wildey

Dec. 26 & 27

 

Wildey Theatre

252 N. Main St.

Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 307-1750

 

The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Relax and enjoy a fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Made-to-order omelets, carving stations, traditional and unique selection of side dishes, salads and dessert, including a banana's foster station are all included in this incredible spread!

Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. Please call (618)786-2331 ext. 502 to make your reservations.

 


Bella Vista Winery New Year’s Eve Speakeasy

Dec. 31, 7 pm to 1 am

 

Bella Vista Winery

6633 E. Main St.

Maryville, IL 62062

(618) 365-6280

 

Enjoy prohibition-era cocktails, live music by Dueling Pianos, a decadent dinner, delicious wine, and a photo booth all while dancing the night away in your Roaring 20s' attire! Watch the Ball Drop live from NYC while toasting the New Year with a complimentary Champagne toast!


New Year’s Eve Party at Pere Marquette

Dec. 31, 10 pm to 1 am 

 

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

13653 Lodge Blvd.

Grafton, IL 62037

(618) 786-2331

 

Ring in the New Year at Pere Marquette Lodge with the overnight party package! This package gives you the opportunity to show off your cocktail attire and indulge with appetizers, open bar and a lavish buffet dinner for two people. Dance the night away with an excellent band Trilogy, midnight champagne toast and even party favors! Retreat to cozy accommodations and take the elevator home! Wake up to the New Year with a hearty breakfast and wonderful memories. $389 plus tax, double occupancy. Let us know if you are with a group when making your reservations. Call 618-786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.

 

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