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  • Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20

    Robin Roberts Stadium

    1415 N. Grand Ave. E., Springfield North Side

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    The Springfield Park District tradition continues in 2019 when Santa will arrive at his home away from the North Pole at Robin Roberts Stadium. A local tradition for more than 40 years! This is a great opportunity for the kiddos to see Santa, snap a photo yourself for free or let us take one for you for only $5.00. You can bring your pups, too so they can get a photo with Santa as well! December 7th - December 22nd Robin Roberts Stadium, Springfield, IL Mondays - Fridays: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00am - 6:00pm $5.00 photos with… 217-753-0700
  • Every other day, 5:15 & 6:30 p.m.

    Dana-Thomas House

    301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield Springfield Area

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    Tours with members of the Springfield Civic Garden Club. Reservations are required. 217-782-6776. 217-782-6776
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Through Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

    Springfield Theatre Centre

    420 S. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    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. 14, 8-10:30 a.m.

    Springfield Masonic Center

    1020 Rickard Road, Springfield Springfield Area

    217-793-7728
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m.

    Elijah Iles House

    628 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

    Special tours of the fully decorated house will show how the Christmas holiday celebration grew and evolved during the 19th century. Live music by the acoustic duo Peaches and Bacon. Free. 217-492-5929
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Southeast High School

    2350 E. Ash St., Springfield East Side

    Listen to young local musicians while shopping for the holidays. Free admission. 217-525-3130
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association

    700 N. Fourth St., Springfield Springfield Area

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    Guests will learn about 19th century holiday traditions and practices will enjoying tea and desserts. Caroling, holiday stories to share and gifts to take home. $30 members, $35 non. 217-523-2631
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 12-5 p.m.

    Animal Protective League

    1001 Taintor Road, Springfield North Side

    Enjoy cookies and punch, take a tour of the shelter and meet some of the furry residents. Accepting $5 donations for lights on the tree. apl-shelter.org. 217-544-7387
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 6-7 p.m.

    First Presbyterian Church

    321 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    Travel back in time to the 1850's this Christmas season. Join Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for special music, worship and a carol sing. Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln will greet visitors. Everyone is invited to attend in period costumes along with our musical guests. Reception will follow. 217-528-4311
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

    Hoogland Center for the Arts

    420 S. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    $15.

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    Back to add humor and hilarity to the holidays, Capital City Improv proudly presents The (Second) Ha-Ha Holiday Show. With 1/2 Sketch, 1/2 Games, this show is the love child of Saturday Night Live, Whose Line Is It Anyways, and Santa Claus! Bring your suggestions, bring a date, and ring in the holidays the only way we know how: with inappropriate jokes about Snowmen and with a belly full of drinks! 217-523-2787
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 21, 1 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.

    Illinois State Museum

    502 S. Spring St., Springfield Downtown

    $5 adults ages 19-64

    Create a handmade holiday or seasonal card. Supplies will be provided. Part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Take the Santa Van from downtown Springfield to the museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm or park in the lots near the museum for free on Saturdays. 217-782-6044
  • 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

    Free.

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    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. 15, 12:30 p.m.

    Jacksonville Public Library

    201 W. College Ave., Jacksonville Jacksonville

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    Get away from home and wrap those presents for your loved ones at the library's gift wrapping station. All materials are supplied and the event is free but registration is required; please call 217-243-5435 to sign up. 217-243-5435
  • Sun., Dec. 15, 2-4:30 p.m.

    Chatham Presbyterian Church

    1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham Chatham

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    Free event for the family. Our Station Stops include a live, interactive nativity, free photos with Santa, model train room and Simply Fair Gifts shop. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served. 217-483-4204
  • Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m.

    Monroe Street Christian Church

    1229 E. Monroe St., Springfield Springfield Area

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    With the Harpestry Harp Circle, piano solos by Judy Davis and soloist Linda Goza. 217-544-7881
  • Tue., Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Family Communication Centers

    729 S. 9th St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Free

    Everyone is welcome to help bake, share and eat holiday cookies. 217-717-0195
  • Wednesdays, 5:15, 6:30 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19

    Dana-Thomas House

    301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield Springfield Area

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    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
  • Dec. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

    UIS Performing Arts Center

    One University Plaza, Springfield Lake Springfield Area

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    A mystery extravaganza from the author of Late Nite Catechism. Sister takes on a mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages. $35 in advance, $40 day of show. 217-206-6160
  • Thu., Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

    House of Music

    Third and North Grand, Springfield North Side

    Come visit with Santa at the House of Music. 2175224488
  • Dec. 20-21, 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.

    Hoogland Center for the Arts

    420 S. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Some of your holiday favorites coming from two pianos, four hands and two creative brains that let loose for an evening of fun. From Broadway to Classical and swing to jazz, playing and singing, Mark and Damien treat each song with a combination of deep respect, excellent musicianship and just a hint that things may not be exactly what they seem. 217-523-2787
  • Sat., Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds

    220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur Out-of-town

    Free

    DEC 21st: Don’t miss the Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar for all of your last minute Christmas shopping. The vendors will be waiting to help you find that perfect gift. Come to the Merchant’s Building, 220 Jurgens Parkway, at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur, IL, behind the Arthur High School for a great get together from 9 am to 4 pm. Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar is a monthly event. For information, contact Dawn Verci, 309-253-6245 or email her at arthur3rdsaturdaybazaar@gmail.com. We invite you to like and share our Facebook page: facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar. 2020 Bazaar Dates: March 21st, April 18th, May 3092536245
  • Sat., Dec. 21, 1 p.m.

    Jacksonville Public Library

    201 W. College Ave., Jacksonville Jacksonville

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    Learn how to decorate a festive gingerbread house! This program is free and all materials are provided. Registration is required; please call 217-243-5435 to sign up. 217-243-5435
  • Sat., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

    UIS Performing Arts Center

    One University Plaza, Springfield Lake Springfield Area

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    Celebrate the holidays with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Admission. ilsymphony.org. 217-206-6160
  • Sun., Dec. 22, 8:15-10 a.m.

    Athens Christian Church

    1411 E. Route 29, Athens Out-of-town

    Free

    A time of fellowship over coffee and pastries between our 8:00 and 10:15 services. 217-636-8463
  • Sun., Dec. 22, 1-4 p.m.

    Pasfield House

    525 S. Pasfield St., Springfield Jerome

    Trees decorated with White House ornaments and those reflecting the Lincoln era. Civil War era Santa display. Light refreshments. Free.
  • Sun., Dec. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Unity of Springfield

    417 Cordelia, Springfield Southern View

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    Please join us for our Special Christmas Candle-Lighting Service. 523-5897
  • Tue., Dec. 24 and Wed., Dec. 25

    St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

    2477 W. Washington Street, Springfield West Side

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    Join us for Christmas Eve and Day worship! All are welcome! Nursery will be available for 4:30 and 7:30 Christmas Eve worship. Call for times. 793-3933