Follow The Star - Northwoods Christmas Production 2017
Northwoods Community Church Peoria
Dec 15, 2017 7:00 PM
309.243.1550
Admission: Free Admission
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Invite friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy any of nine free performances of a Christmas musical extravaganza — an inspiring, contemporary family tradition for tens of thousands of people every year!

Trailhead Nature Store Annual Christmas Sale
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Dec 15, 2017 9:00am-8:30pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Free Admission
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On December 15 ONLY, all visitors will receive 10% off all purchases and members will receive 20% off all purchases. The sale continues into the Evening Shop & Stroll from 6:00-8:30pm.

Central Illinois Ballet presents The Nutcracker
ICC Performing Arts Center E. Peoria
Dec 15, 2017 7 PM
309.694.5136
Admission: Admission Fee
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This December, Central Illinois Ballet is happy to bring the number one holiday tradition to Peoria. This is sure to be an evening that will dazzle the whole family and leave sugar plums dancing in your heads. With original choreography from Rebekah von Rathonyi, this ballet is a must see production to get into the Christmas spirit. Premiere Seating $35 for adults and $15 for children (the front 3 sections), General seating $25 for adults and $12 for children, $10 for ICC students (the back 3 sections)

A Special Evening with Little River Band's Wayne Nelson and author Rhonda Nelson
Chillicothe Town Theatre Chillicothe
Dec 15, 2017 6:30 doors open, 7:30 showtime
309.274.3150
Admission: Admission Fee
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The live event will combine story telling from Rhonda Nelsons book "A Different Life" between acoustic versions of Little River Band's songs performed by Wayne Nelson, and guests Greg Hind and Chris Marion. An opportunity for photos and autographs will be offered at the conclusion of the show. Tickets are $20, must be 21 to attend.

Holiday Shop & Stroll
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Dec 15, 2017 6:00-8:30pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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This one-of-a-kind event has become a holiday tradition in central Illinois. Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling; hot wassail and seasonal treats; view and/or purchase nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale; and shop for earth-friendly and Fair Trade items at the Trailhead Nature Store. Plan time to catch your breath and experience an evening guaranteed to get you in the spirit! Perfect for all ages.

A Garden Christmas Party
Luthy Botanical Garden Peoria
Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017 5:00-7:30pm
309.686.3362
Admission: Admission Fee
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Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden! In addition to the beautiful poinsettia display, there will be music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more.

Breakfast with Santa
Kickapoo Creek Winery Edwards
Dec 16, 2017 9AM
309.495.9463 2
Admission: Admission Fee
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HO HO HO!! It's that time of the year and what kid wouldn't want to eat breakfast with the jolly man himself, SANTA!! 9am - Noon All kids of every age are welcome! Get your picture with Santa, face painting, and decorate some Christmas cookies! Adults $15 Kids (3-10) $10

"Fabulous Felting" Kid Workshop
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum Peoria
Dec 16, 2017 2-4pm
309.323.6900
Admission: Admission Fee
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Using brightly colored wool and a special hand-tool, learn to felt and create beautiful works of art on fabric. Kid Workshops are offered on select Saturday afternoons to give children ages 8-14 opportunities to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively. Register at 309-323-6900.

Skate with Santa
Owens Center Peoria
Dec 16, 2017 2:30-4:30pm
309.686.3366
Admission: Admission Fee
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Santa loves the chilly air inside Owens! Come see him for yourself while skating with your family and friends.

Holiday Ornament Workshop
J. Draper Glass Peoria
Dec 16, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Learn how to roll into color, twist and blow molten glass to create two amazing ornaments that you will love for years!

Winter Dreams
Peoria Civic Center Theater
Dec 16, 2017 7:30PM
309.671.1096
Admission: Admission Fee
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From snowstorms to sleigh rides, the great composers give you their take on Winter. A warm and entertaining concert to share with friends and family, the PSO returns to its historic home as part of our 120th anniversary season.

Winter Dreams
Riverside Community Church
Dec 16, 2017 7:30PM
309.671.1096
Admission: Admission Fee
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From snowstorms to sleigh rides, the great composers give you their take on Winter. A warm and entertaining concert to share with friends and family, the PSO returns to its historic home as part of our 120th anniversary season.

Central Illinois Ballet presents The Nutcracker
ICC Performing Arts Center E. Peoria
Dec 16, 2017 2 PM and 7 PM
309.694.5136
Admission: Admission Fee
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This December, Central Illinois Ballet is happy to bring the number one holiday tradition to Peoria. This is sure to be an evening that will dazzle the whole family and leave sugar plums dancing in your heads. With original choreography from Rebekah von Rathonyi, this ballet is a must see production to get into the Christmas spirit. Premiere Seating $35 for adults and $15 for children (the front 3 sections), General seating $25 for adults and $12 for children, $10 for ICC students (the back 3 sections)

Central Illinois Ballet presents The Nutcracker
ICC Performing Arts Center E. Peoria
Dec 16, 2017 2 PM and 7 PM
309.694.5136
Admission: Admission Fee
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This December, Central Illinois Ballet is happy to bring the number one holiday tradition to Peoria. This is sure to be an evening that will dazzle the whole family and leave sugar plums dancing in your heads. With original choreography from Rebekah von Rathonyi, this ballet is a must see production to get into the Christmas spirit. Premiere Seating $35 for adults and $15 for children (the front 3 sections), General seating $25 for adults and $12 for children, $10 for ICC students (the back 3 sections)

"An American Family Christmas"
Five Points Washington Peoria
Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
309.693.6725
Admission: Admission Fee
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Join the Peoria Area Civic Chorale at Five Points Washington to hear a wonderful mixture of favorite carols, hymns, and seasonal songs that will be sure to fill you with the Christmas Spirit. TICKET PRICES: $20.00 Adults $8.00 Students $18.00 Group Rate (10 or more) Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call 309-693-6725 or email pacchorale@gmail.com.

Home for the Holidays
Peoria Players Theatre Peoria
Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 December 16: 7:30 pm; December 17: 2:00 pm
309.688.4473
Admission: Admission Fee
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This festive musical revue is a singing and dancing extravaganza featuring some of the best in local entertainment performing all your favorite holiday classics. Tickets: $15 all ages On sale November 10

Celebrate Peoria: Christmas around the World
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum Peoria
Dec 17, 2017 12-5pm
309.323.6900
Admission: Admission Fee
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See how Christmas is celebrated by Christians of various ethnic backgrounds in Central Illinois. Enjoy family-friendly activities and learn how the holiday is celebrated across cultures from Mexican Posadas to German Christmas trees. Celebrate Peoria, a bimonthly event, highlights, explores, and celebrates the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of Central Illinois through performances, art projects, food and more!

Central Illinois Ballet presents The Nutcracker
ICC Performing Arts Center E. Peoria
Dec 17, 2017 2 PM
309.694.5136
Admission: Admission Fee
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This December, Central Illinois Ballet is happy to bring the number one holiday tradition to Peoria. This is sure to be an evening that will dazzle the whole family and leave sugar plums dancing in your heads. With original choreography from Rebekah von Rathonyi, this ballet is a must see production to get into the Christmas spirit. Premiere Seating $35 for adults and $15 for children (the front 3 sections), General seating $25 for adults and $12 for children, $10 for ICC students (the back 3 sections)

Follow The Star - Northwoods Christmas Production 2017
Northwoods Community Church Peoria
Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 7:00 PM
309.243.1550
Admission: Free Admission
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Invite friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy any of nine free performances of a Christmas musical extravaganza — an inspiring, contemporary family tradition for tens of thousands of people every year!

Holiday Ornament Workshop
J. Draper Glass Peoria
Dec 23, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Learn how to roll into color, twist and blow molten glass to create two amazing ornaments that you will love for years!

Follow The Star-Northwoods Christmas Production 2017
Northwoods Community Church Peoria
Dec 24, 2017 10:00 am
309.243.1550
Admission: Free Admission
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Invite friends, family and neighbors to enjoy any of nine FREE performances of a Christmas Musical Extravaganza-an inspiring, contemporary family tradition for tens of thousands of people every year!

StartUp Peoria - 1 Million Cups
Jump Simulation Center Peoria
Nov 2, 2016 - Dec 27, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Admission: Free Admission
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1 Million Cups, a program created by Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Our All-America City location is the 18th nationwide - to host the weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation across the country. The 1 Million Cups model is consistent across the US: Every Wednesday morning in each city, an early-stage startup presents their company to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. The program is run entirely by local entrepreneurs who serve as community organizers. Entrepreneurs, innovators and interested community members from Greater Peoria will meet at 8:00 a.m. each Wednesday.

53rd Annual Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament
Pekin High School Pekin
Dec 27, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Illinois' Premier Holiday Tournament returns for the 53rd year! The Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament is one of the oldest continuous boys' basketball tournaments in Illinois. Many IHSA state finals caliber teams and players have hit the hardwood of Hawkins Gym over the years, and 2017 will be no different! Come out and check out some of the best of Illinois! Participating 2017 Teams: - Pekin - Rockford Boylan - Chicago Mt. Carmel - Lake Zurich - Plainfield East - Peoria Richwoods - East Moline (United Township) - Moline - Champaign Centennial - Limestone - Springfield Lanphier - Normal West - Hersey - Freeport - Morton - Washington

Dozer Holiday Display
Caterpillar Visitors Center Peoria
Nov 29, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Imagine a Cat® D6 wrapped in almost 4,000 lights. A truly spectacular holiday photo op.

Poinsettia Show
Luthy Botanical Garden Peoria
Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 10am-5pm
309.686.3362
Admission: Suggested Donation
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The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden, where the tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria! Or, come enjoy the show at night under the warm glow of hundreds of candles while live holiday music plays. These special Candlelight Walks are Fridays and Saturdays, November 17 until December 23, from 6:00-9:00pm. Closed on November 23 & December 25.

Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Folepi's Winter Wonderland East Peoria
Nov 23, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Drive-through this spectacular holiday attraction in an electric park featuring lighted displays and floats. Tune to 107.5 FM for festive holiday music while you drive!

Winter Storytime
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 4, 2018 10:30-11:15am
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa, feel the warmth of the wood stove, and listen to stories celebrating the winter season.

Winter Storytime: Pajama Version
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 5, 2018 7:00-7:45pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Wear your favorite PJs and bring a stuffed animal friend to this bedtime version of Winter Storytime. Enjoy a cozy cup of cocoa, feel the warmth of the wood stove, and listen to stories celebrating the winter season.

Heartland Festival Orchestra New Year's Greeting - That's Amore!
Five Points Washington Washington
Jan 6, 2018 7:30PM
309.444.8222
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Start the year off right with a night of Italy’s beloved music – two vocal stars to bring the sizzle, from a Frank Sinatra tune to an aria by Verdi – from Babbino Caro to Volare!

Eagles on the Illinois River
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 6, 2018 10:00am
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Each year hundreds of bald eagles overwinter in the Illinois River Valley. Learn about these incredible birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river.

Animal Encounter: Insects & Spiders
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 7, 2018 1:30-2:00pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Discover animals who definitely don’t fit into the cute, furry, cuddly mold, but are nonetheless some of nature’s greatest creatures. Stay after the short program to play “Humbug: An Insect Learning Strategy Game.” Look for more opportunities for Animal Encounters in January and February!

Owl Prowl
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 12, 2018 6 PM
309.686.3360
Admission: Admission Fee
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Hike into the realm of nocturnal critters. Learn the natural history of native owls and practice owl calls. Everyone will have a chance to “give a hoot.” Dress warm! Free for members; $1 for nonmembers.

PSO Whiskey at the Warehouse
The Warehouse on State Peoria
Jan 13, 2018 5:30 - 8 PM
309.671.1096
Admission: Admission Fee
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Join the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for this special evening designed to keep you warm this January, featuring a signature whiskey cocktail and an exclusive performance by the popular trio "Time for Three", as well as heavy appetizers, cash bar, silent auction and raffle. Attendees will also receive a discount for 20 percent off of the "Time for Three" matinee concert on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 PM. Get your tickets now at "Early Bird" pricing ($50/person, which includes your first specialty cocktail) before they increase in price on January 5th.

Ben Bedford in Concert
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 13, 2018 7 PM
309.686.3360
Admission: Admission Fee
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The woods ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians. In January, Ben Bedford will deliver intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles in his portrait-like songs.

12th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals
East Port Marina - East Peoria IL East Peoria
Jan 13, 2018 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
309.256.1777
Admission: Admission Fee
12th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals Raffles/Auction items/Door prizes 50/50 chances Live music by "Second Wind" Cost: $15.00 adults (all you can eat) $10.00 children ages 3-10 donation under 3

ICC Art Program presents Kevin Myers mixed media exhibit
ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery East Peoria
Nov 28, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018 Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm; Fri 9:30am-12pm
309.694.5136
Admission: Free Admission
This exhibit runs from November 28th through January 14th in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm and Fri 9:30am-12pm. This event is free.

Time for Three!
Peoria Civic Center Theater
Jan 14, 2018 3:00PM
309.671.1096
Admission: Admission Fee
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Time for Three: Time for family! This popular, innovative ensemble performs with the PSO in a special family concert with its newest member, Peoria's favorite guest violinist Charles Yang!

Reverse Science Fair
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Jan 15, 2018 10am-2pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Admission Fee
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Keep your kids learning on their day off of school! You bring the kids and staff will set up the experiments. This science fair will have a series of interactive, nature-themed science displays to visit between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Antique Equipment Exp
Caterpillar Visitors Center Peoria
Nov 29, 2017 - Jun 13, 2018
Admission: Suggested Donation
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There’s excavating, grading, paving, trucking – and Caterpillar yellow everywhere. That’s what you’ll see on a jobsite run by the Veerkamp family… Back at their warehouse in Placerville, California, the modern day machines are mixed with marvelous antique equipment. You'll see tractors with Holt, Best and Caterpillar on the grill – more than 100 years of history – under one roof. There are rows of dazzling white, black, gray, red and of course yellow machines detailing Caterpillar’s past. The story of the Veerkamps and their adventures is as remarkable as their collection. They have even airlifted a rare machine off a mountaintop! Now, part of the world's most renowned antique machine collection will be traveling across the country to Peoria, Illinois. The machines will be on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center's inaugural Antique Equipment Expo starting June 13.

Holt, Tracks Around the World
Caterpillar Visitors Center Peoria
Nov 29, 2017 - Jun 20, 2018
Admission: Admission Fee
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Ever wonder how Caterpillar came up with its legendary name? Learn the history here