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  • Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 15

    Shop 'n Save

    1755 Wabash Ave., Springfield Jerome

    After a five-year hiatus, Design Ideas is bringing back its holiday store to Springfield. All the merchandise is sold at a loss and Design Ideas covers the overhead to operate the store so that all proceeds can be donated to local charities. The four nonprofit organizations splitting this year’s sales are The Animal Protective League, Helping Hands of Springfield, Hoogland Center for the Arts and Sparc. Since its inception in 2006, the Design Ideas Holiday Store has donated more than $130,000 to local charities. The Design Ideas Holiday Store will be located in the former Shop ‘n Save building at…
  • Fri., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center

    3280 Northfield Dr., Springfield Springfield Area

    The Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) normally meets each month at the St. John's Lutheran Church located at 2477 W. Washington St. in Springfield but will not be meeting in November and December of this year. Our annual Christmas Party will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Northfield Inn, 3280 Northfield Drive in Springfield. Hope to see you at the party! 217-523-7900
  • Fri., Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    First Church of the Brethren

    2115 Yale Boulevard, Springfield Springfield Area

    free admission

    Shopping can improve the lives of artisans in developing countries when you purchase fair-trade international gifts, including toys, games, desk accessories, musical instruments, baskets, jewelry, housewares, and unique holiday items. Baked goods will be sold both days. International foods served a la carte at dinner on Friday and at lunch on Saturday. 217-685-1610
  • Fri., Dec. 6, 2-7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 2-7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2-7 p.m.

    Chiara Center

    4875 Laverna Road, Springfield East Side

    Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast of Feasts visualized through more than 100 nativity sets, each with unique history and significance. Free. 217-523-0901
  • Fri., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 6 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

    Arlee Theater

    139 S. Main St., Mason City Out-of-town

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    Everyone can wear their pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while watching the movie, followed by a visit from Santa. Discounted advance tickets. 217-691-7229. 217-482-9999
  • Fridays-Sundays, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

    Henson Robinson Zoo

    1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., Springfield Lake Springfield Area

    Stroll through the zoo as you admire the light displays. Enjoy some hot beverages or fresh sweets while you warm up near the bonfire. There will be caroling, performances and, of course, a visit from the big guy. $7 adults, $5 children 3-12, age 2 and under are free. 217-585-1821
  • Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

    Springfield Theatre Centre

    420 S. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown


    A beloved American holiday classic, the story of idealistic George Bailey comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. 217-523-2787
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 8-11 a.m.

    First Congregational Church

    2100 Bates Ave., Springfield Springfield Area

    $7 per pound. 217-546-7170
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Jubilee Farm

    6760 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield West Side

    Shop for unique and handcrafted items, home-baked goods, woven items, pottery, wood work, bead work, jewelry and wooden Christmas trees. 217-787-6927
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Petersburg Square

    N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg Out-of-town

    Shop, dine and see historic Petersburg. Free carriage rides 1-3pm with a donation to local food pantry or pet shelter. Vendors at PORTA school 8am-3pm. Santa Visit 11am-1pm. Home Tours $12 or $10 in advance.
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Sherman United Methodist Church

    2336 E. Andrew Road, Sherman Out-of-town

    Free Admission

    Swedish Tea Ring and festive cookies/candies, crafts and gifts. Children's craft activities. Refreshments and lunch served. Live entertainment. Free admission. 217-496-2338 Ext.5
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Kidzeum of Health and Science Children's Museum

    412 E. Adams St., Springfield Downtown

    Free with General Admission


    Christmas-themed activities all day. Special guests will be by for other activities throughout the day. Open late after the downtown Springfield holiday parade. Free with general admission. 217-971-4435
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


    Route 125, Pleasant Plains Out-of-town


    Visit with Santa, listen to Christmas songs and have cocoa and cookies. 217-481-4430
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois

    300 S. 15th St., Springfield East Side

    Special performances by local artists. Vendors selling Greek paraphernalia, essential oils, hair care products, cosmetics, jewelry and more. Sponsored by the Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 544-0548
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Illinois State Museum

    502 S. Spring St., Springfield Downtown

    $5 adults ages 19-64


    Join us as we explore this magical time of year. Discover how animals adapt to the change in the seasons through a museum search, build your own snowman, get creative with wintery art, and more. 217-782-6044
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.

    Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association

    700 N. Fourth St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Listen to carols and explore the home decorated for the season. Free. 217-523-2631
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.

    Illinois Governor's Mansion

    410 E. Jackson St., Springfield Downtown

    After being closed since early October for renovations, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion will be re-opened just in time for the holidays. Built in 1855, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion is one of the oldest and most historic governor’s mansions in the United States. The mansion serves as the official residence of the governor of Illinois, a symbol of leadership in state government and a world-class house museum. Soon after its completion, the mansion became the center of the Springfield social scene, and played host to weddings and holiday parties, and welcomed a variety of key figures in American history and culture… 217-782-6450
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Hope Pavilion

    5220 S. Sixth St., Springfield Springfield Area


    Hosted by Autism Support of Central Illinois. Christmas crafts and refreshments. 217-585-5437
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

    Elijah Iles House

    628 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown


    Luminaria will light the outside of the home while candle and lamp light will be inside. Live music, spiced cider and cookies will be served. 217-492-5929
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

    The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space

    623 E. Adams St., Springfield Downtown



    Come help us celebrate at THE PHARMACY GALLERY & ART SPACE!! We are thankful for a wonderful year at our new location. We are also grateful for the excitement in the community around our events. To show gratitude, we are kicking off the holiday shopping season with an opening on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th from 5-8pm, which is in conjunction with the downtown Holiday Walks. We will have cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and other refreshments and snacks while you shop. Happy holidays!! (801) 810-9278
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.

    Downtown Springfield

    No Address, Springfield Downtown

    Route is Jefferson to Fifth to Monroe to Sixth to Washington.
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, 5:15 & 6:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m.

    Old State Capitol

    1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield Downtown



    Talented local performers will be featured throughout the season. Hosted by the Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources. 217-785-7960
  • Wednesdays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 21

    Downtown Springfield

    No Address, Springfield Downtown

    A variety of events through the season through Dec. 21. downtownspringfield.org.
  • Sun., Dec. 8, 9 & 10:30 a.m.

    Springfield First United Methodist Church

    2941 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield West Side

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    Hurry to Bethlehem. An assembly of choirs accompanied by a full orchestra. 217-793-9760
  • Sun., Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m.

    Illinois Presbyterian Home

    2005 W. Lawrence, Springfield Springfield Area


    Refreshments & entertainment, NEW Christmas cards for only 10 cents each plus other Christmas decor sales, plus more. 217-546-5622
  • Sun., Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

    Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

    1740 W. Fayette Ave., Springfield Leland Grove

    Sing holiday carols along with the sounds of the carillon. Keep warm by the bonfire. The Trinity Wind Ensemble will provide seasonal interludes. Cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Free. 217-546-3853
  • Wed., Dec. 11, 6 p.m.

    First Christian Church Springfield

    700 S. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown


    Stunning architecture, beautiful music, refreshments. 528-3407
  • Wednesdays, 5:15, 6:30 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19

    Dana-Thomas House

    301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield Springfield Area


    The house, built between 1902 and 1904, has more than 400 pieces of specially made art glass and original furnishings. Reservations are required. 217-782-6776. 217-782-6776
  • Every other day, 5:15 & 6:30 p.m.

    Dana-Thomas House

    301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield Springfield Area


    Tours with members of the Springfield Civic Garden Club. Reservations are required. 217-782-6776. 217-782-6776
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 8-10:30 a.m.

    Springfield Masonic Center

    1020 Rickard Road, Springfield Springfield Area