Looking for fun things to do in the Peoria Area? We have you covered. Below you can explore a wide variety of events and activities happening in Peoria, IL.
Find Folepi Ornament Hunt
First clue to be released Nov. 25
Residents from throughout the area will have a chance to win approximately $1,000 in prizes if they can Find Folepi. The Find Folepi ornament hunt, now in its fourth year, will begin Nov. 25 with the release of the first clue. A 3-inch round acrylic Folepi ornament featuring the Festival of Lights logo will be hidden somewhere on public property within the East Peoria city limits. The hiding place could be indoors or outside and in a non-dangerous location. Clues will be issued weekly beginning Nov. 25 until the Folepi ornament is found.
Clues will be posted on Wednesdays in the East Peoria Times-Courier, on www.folepi.org, on www.facebook.com/EPFestivalofLights, and on a large Folepi cutout located outdoors at the Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington St.
The ornament hunt is open to residents throughout Central Illinois. Those participating in the hunt are encouraged to be respectful of property and to park in safe locations that do not block traffic.
Festival of Lights- Folepi’s Winter Wonderland
123 Par 3 Lane, East Peoria
East Peoria, Il 61611
Address: 123 Par 3 Lane, East Peoria, IL 61611 (in VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road)
5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
All vehicles - $10, except for full-size charter buses which are $150 (cash, debit and credit cards accepted)
The drivethrough electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event! Folepi’s Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.
The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights' signature event! Folepi's Winter Wonderland features the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays.
The Winter Wonderland entrance is off Springfield Road on Par 3 Lane. Tune your vehicle's radio to 107.9 for holiday music to accompany your drive!
The popular ski jumper display is featured in Winter Wonderland along with the Parade of Lights floats, and displays including lighted arches and circus animals, the Western town, Space Land, the Candy Cane Factory,Prehistoric Lane and more!
Folepi's Winter Wonderland is a drive of oohs and aahs!
Sculpture Walk Peoria
15 large scale sculptures / crafted by sculptors from 7 states /
installed for one year / spread along Washington Street / transforming Peoria’s Warehouse District / #sculptpeoria
Princeton Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday
Shop all the wonderful small businesses in Princeton!
Saturday, November 28th
Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce (815-875-2616)
Luthy Botanical Garden’s Annual Holiday Poinsettia Show
Peoria , Il 61603
Friday, 11/20 – Thursday, 12/31
The holiday season would not be complete without a visit to our Conservatory, where our tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria! Come visit us to pick out a special gift, get into the holiday spirit, or enjoy the festive feeling in the air. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although we will accept donations.
Waddle for Wildlife
On November 28th come waddle off your thanksgiving meal at Wildlife Prairie Park! We have over 14 miles of hiking trails to explore, live turkeys, and Mike the Bison! Bring the family and enjoy the beautiful scenery while promoting healthy living!
Hikes will begin at 10am and run every hour. The last hike will leave at 2pm.
Cost is free for members and regular admission for nonmembers. Memberships are valid for a full 12 months after purchase. To learn more about membership follow this link: http://bit.ly/WPPMembership
J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
J.K. Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams. Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.
Holiday Cruises Aboard the Spirit of Peoria
Join Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis as Prairie Folklore Theatre celebrates the Spirit of the Holidays on the Spirit of Peoria with “A Prairie Christmas.”Celebrate love, family and friends with songs and stories from not so long ago, and not so far away. In this toe-tapping tour of an old-fashioned Christmas you can sing-a-long with your favorite carols and explore the stories behind the songs and traditions. Blending tales from pioneer days with local history and Old English carols, we rejoice in the true meaning of the holiest of seasons.
Kristkindlmarkt – Weekend One
Traditional German/European Christmas Marktet featuring the Kristkindl. 30 fine art and craft vendors. German Christmas Entertainment, Glühwein, German Food!
Peoria Players Theatre: Season tickets on sale now!
Join Peoria Players for the 2015-2016 season! This year marks our 97th consecutive season of â€œPlaying in Peoriaâ€ and includes 2 regional premieres, 2 musical classics, a compelling drama and a high energy musical comedy! The 2015-2016 season ticket package costs just $90 and features Sister Act, The Addams Family Musical, Cinderella (Enchanted Edition), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, To Kill a Mockingbird and Hairspray.
Christmas on Court Luminary Walk
Over 1,000 candelight luminaries bathe downtown Pekin with a warm, festive glow for this early evening business open house. Strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, outdoor theatre, and photos with Santa are sure to be fun for the whole family!
Holiday Classic Polar Express
Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D
Giant Screen Theater
Nov 27 | Nov 28 | Dec 4 | Dec 5 | Dec 11 | Dec 12
5 PM each showing
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump," "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Enjoy free hot chocolate at all showings!
$7.50 Adult | $5.50 Child | $6.50 Senior
For more information call 309.686.7000
Yule Like Peoria Holiday Walkabout
Commercial buildings in downtown Peoria host various forms of entertainment. Refreshments will be provided in some buildings, an ice carving contest will be held at the Peoria Courthouse Plaza, costumed characters will be walking around, and people can decorate the street lights throughout downtown.
Admission is free.
Christmastime GospelFest "Christmas in the Country"
For the first time, the annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be free to our audience thanks to the generous support of the many sponsors and donors to GospelFest Ministries. “Christmas in the Country” is the theme for the 11th annual Christmastime GospelFest Concert. This concert of traditional and southern gospel Christmas songs featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of families throughout central Illinois.
Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden
Peoria, Il 61603
Fridays and Saturdays, 11/20-12/19 • 6-9 pm
Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one. Visit our Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. As our gift to you, Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, although we will accept donations.
Christmastime GospelFest "Christmas in the Country"
Christmastime GospelFest will be held on Saturday, November 28th at Five Points Washington. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6. For the first time, the concert will be free to our audience thanks to the generous support of the many sponsors and donors to GospelFest Ministries. “Christmas in the Country” is the theme for the 11th annual Christmastime GospelFest Concert. This concert of traditional and southern gospel Christmas songs featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of families throughout Central Illinois.