It’s jingle bell time! Peoria is all about embracing the holiday spirit. From extravagant light festivals, traditional parades, and holiday markets galore, learn about the best events we have to offer the whole family to wrap up 2018.
Light Festivals + Parades
Fact: The annual Santa Claus Parade is the longest running holiday parade in the country! Take part in this great tradition as the parade takes a magical journey through the streets of Peoria. With over 85 units of costumed characters, horse units and decorated floats, this parade will get you in the Christmas spirit in no time!
Christmas on Court continues to be a holiday staple in the Central Illinois community. Shop ‘til you drop on the shops lining the streets of Pekin, take a festive horse drawn carriage ride or snap a picture with Santa. Bonus: every shop will feature unique activities, snacks and sales the whole family can enjoy.
If you want a taste of Germany this holiday season be sure to stop by the Kriskindlmarkt at The Lindenhof. German cuisine and arts and craft vendors compliment the Christmas entertainment for a full international Christmas immersion. For more information click here.
Holiday Musical Events
A past winner of Peoria Magazines’ Best Theater Production award, The Nutcracker continues to dazzle audiences with its rich choreography, mesmerizing costumes, exceptional dancers and timeless live music by Tchaikovsky. Share this beloved holiday tradition with loved ones while celebrating the holiday season.
Here comes Santa Claus! Get ready to run down Santa Claus lane in our 4th annual Santa Claus 5K. Runners will suit up in five piece Santa ensembles as they run in search of milk and cookies. Registration includes an exclusive Christmas ornament, on-site goodies, professionally timed results AND of course, a Santa suit! To register, click here.
Can’t wait until Christmas to complete a holiday run? You’re in luck. Gobble your way to chocolate-victory in Running Central’s Chocolate Turkey 3 Miler. Participants won’t walk away empty handed: each runner will receive an exclusive t-shirt and chocolate-themed goodies after they complete the race! To join the trot click here.
For full information on events going on in the Central Illinois area be sure to consult our experience guide.