Dance for Hope Every Friday, 7:30pm. Each week features a different dance genre – West Coast swing, ballroom or Latin. $8 per person. Normandy Hill Plaza, 3111 Normandy Road, Suite 104, 217-522-9106.
Springfield Breakfast Optimist Club Every Friday, 7am. Visitors are welcome. 217-546-5021. Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson St., 217-546-7646.
Downtown Holiday Walk Wednesdays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. A variety of events through the season. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield. 217-544-1723.
Winter Holiday Floral Show Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5pm and Mondays-Fridays, 12-4pm. Through Dec. 22. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights Fridays-Sundays, 5-9pm through Dec. 29. 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. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: Daphne's Sister Mondays-Saturdays, 9am-4:30pm and Sundays, 12-4:30pm through Feb. 16. Paintings and drawings trace the development of the artist's distinctive figures across her career. Museum admission. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
Rock and Rolled Mondays-Saturdays, 9am-4:30pm and Sundays, 12-4:30pm through Mar. 2. A celebration of music that has defined the culture combined with timeless geological specimens embodying the structure of the earth from our permanent collection. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
Holiday Design Tour Thu-Sat, Dec. 12-14, 5:15 and 6:30pm. Tours with members of the Springfield Civic Garden Club. Reservations are required. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.
Sister's Christmas Catechism Wed. and Thu., Dec. 18 and 19, 7:30pm, Fri., Dec. 20, 8pm and Sat., Dec. 21, 2pm. Sister takes on a mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages. $35 in advance, $40 day of show. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Art Glass Tour Thu., Dec. 19, 5:15 and 6:30pm. The house, built between 1902 and 1904, has more than 400 pieces of specially made art glass and original furnishings. Reservations are required. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Fri., Dec. 20, 6-9:30pm. Silence of the Elves. $55 advance tickets (plus tax). hillprairiewinery.com. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford, 23753 Lounsberry Rd., 217-635-9900.
Reena Calm Fri., Dec. 20, 8-9:30pm and Sat., Dec. 21, 7-8:30pm. Reena is a featured regular at the Laugh Factory. $12.50. Mason City Limits Comedy Club, Mason City, 114 E. Chestnut St., 217-482-5233.
The Dual Piano Christmas Show Fri. and Sat., Dec. 20 and 21, 7pm and Sun., Dec. 22, 2pm. Some of your holiday favorites coming from two pianos, four hands and two creative brains that let loose for an evening of fun. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Christmas Classics on the Grand Screen Fri. and Sat., Dec. 20 and 21, 7pm. It's a Wonderful Life on Friday and Meet Me in St. Louis on Saturday. $10 at the door or $5 with a food bank donation. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Winter Solstice Evening Sat., Dec. 21, 6:30pm. An opportunity to contemplate the goodness of the seasons and how their rhythms form our sense of life's journey with wonder. $20. Includes a meal of soup and bread. Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Road, 217-523-0901.
Holiday Card Making Sat. and Sun., Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, 1pm. Create a handmade holiday or seasonal card. Supplies will be provided. 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. $5 adults ages 19-64. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-6044.
Christmastime in Soy City Sat., Dec. 21, 7pm. A rockin' musical revue. $15. Decatur Civic Center, Decatur, 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, 217-422-7300.
Old State Capitol Holiday Music Performances Sat., Dec. 21, 2:30pm. Christian Trade Gospel Singers. Hosted by the Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources. Free. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-7960.
Holiday Pops in the Heartland Sat., Dec. 21, 7:30pm. Celebrate the holidays with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Admission. ilsymphony.org. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Christmas Tree Display and
Open House Sun., Dec. 22, 1-4pm. Trees decorated with White House ornaments and those reflecting the Lincoln era. Civil War-era Santa display. Light refreshments. Free. Pasfield House, 525 S. Pasfield St. 217-525-3663.
Dr. Gonzo Fri., Dec. 27, 8-9:30pm and Sat., Dec. 28, 7-8:30pm. No coupons or passes accepted for this show. $15 general; $17.50 VIP. Mason City Limits Comedy Club, Mason City, 114 E. Chestnut St., 217-482-5233.
Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Tour Sun., Dec. 29, 1:30pm. Enjoy an up-close encounter with this pristine mid-century modern architectural gem. Accessible facility. Free, but preregistration is required. Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., 217-787-0481.
Stone Soup Hike Wed., Jan. 1, 10am-12pm. Bring an ingredient for the vegetable or meat and vegetable soups and your own utensils and bowl. Precook any items that need long cooking times. Soup cooks while you hike. Enjoy it on your return. Free. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.
Sneak Peek: Fashioning Illinois,
1820-1900 Thu., Jan. 2, 12-1pm. Join Erika Holst as she explores the way women made, maintained and wore clothing in nineteenth century Illinois. Free, donations accepted. Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 217-785-0037.
Film Series Preview Party Wed., Jan. 8, 7pm. A launch party for Michael Victor II Art Library's 2020 Molly Schlich Independent Film Series with viewing of eight movie trailers of upcoming films. The series will run January 12-March 3. springfieldart.org. Free. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Sonya White - LOL UIS Comedy Series Sat., Jan. 11, 8-10pm. Advance tickets $15 or $20 the day of show. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Joseph Hall: Elvis - Rock n' Remember Sat., Jan. 11, 8pm. This performer earned the Branson, MO 2014 Male Performer of the Year award and 2014 Tribute Show of the Year honors. Advance tickets $25, VIP $35 and day of show $30. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave., 800-838-3006.
Fully Committed Wed. and Thu, Jan. 15 and 16, 7:30-9:30pm, Fri., Jan. 17, 8-10pm and Sat., Jan. 18, 3-5pm and 8-10pm. Follow a day in the life of Samuel Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the reservation line at Manhattan's number one restaurant. The play has forty wildly diverse characters played by one actor. $25 in advance; $30 day of show. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Windy City Dueling Pianos Murder Mystery Fri., Jan. 24, 6-10pm. Songs and music are the clues in this who-done-it mystery. Tickets must be purchased in advance in person or by calling 217-635-9900. $40.00. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford, 23753 Lounsberry Road, 217-635-9900.
Lincoln's Assassination and its Consequences Thu., Feb. 6, 5:30pm. In the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination, abolitionist Frederick Douglas gave a series of speeches in Illinois asking timely questions about the direction the nation will take into the Reconstruction Period. With historical reenactor Bob Davis. Free; reservations required. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-588-8844.
Tales from the Vault - Love and Romance Thu., Feb. 13, 12pm. Saucy poetry and love letters from the 1850s, diary entries of lonely Civil War-era singles, machine-made Victorian Valentine's Day cards and vinegar Valentine's from the Roaring '20s. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-588-8844.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Love Notes Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30pm. With pianist Sandra Wright Shen. $21-$63. Students $6, ages 5 and under free. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Fri., Feb. 21, 8-10pm. Paramount's Laser Spectacular is a smash hit multimedia laser and light show, featuring the original master recordings of Pink Floyd. $25 advance, $30 day of show. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Sat., Feb. 22, 6-11pm. Dancing, games, auctions and Cajun food. Table of 10 $400, couples $80 and singles $45. Includes dinner, beer and soda. Prairie View Reception Center, Chatham, 8855 State Route 4, 217-483-7999.
Blue Man Group Speechless Tour Wed., Feb. 26, 7:30pm. The world-renowned bald and blue trio embarks on a new journey of discovery, the result of over 27 years spent observing humanity. Tickets $24-$125. uispac.com. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.