Ansar Shrine Circus Nov. 11 - Nov. 13. Come one, come all to the greatest show in three rings. Adults $15, ages 12 and under $8. BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show Nov. 11, 6pm. Journey into the sea for the holidays to sing and dance through some of your favorite songs with Baby Shark and Pinkfong. Join in exciting adventures to explore shapes, colors, numbers and much more. $28.50-$68.50. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Hobnob Holiday Market Nov. 11, 4-8pm. Over 100 vintage, handmade and boutique vendors, plus food trucks, live piano music on Friday night and Santa on Saturday. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, 10am. In honor of veterans and active military members. Begins at Capitol Avenue and Eleventh Street, then proceeds west to the Illinois State Capitol. Downtown Springfield.

911 First Responders Toy and Food Drive Nov. 12, 4-6pm. Benefits Toys for Tots and Feeding Families for Thanksgiving. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-529-7777.

Artisan Holiday Boutique & Sweet Shoppe Nov. 12, 9am-4pm. Shop a wide variety of unique, locally handmade crafts from jewelry and ceramics, to baskets and wreaths. Also shop the special-product vendor fair and the Sweet Shoppe which will have lots of homemade goodies. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St.

Craft Bazaar Nov. 12, 9am-4pm. Over 40 booths full of handmade items. Concessions available. Free admission with a canned good donation. Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Dr., 217-529-1606.

Christmas at the Brinkherhoff Home Nov. 19, 10am-2pm. Music performances, shopping for children and adults, make-and-take your own fresh wreath, personalized Christmas door décor, and take-home cookie decorating kits. $5. Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. Fifth St., 217-361-5555.

Light up the Park Beginning Nov. 25, every Thu.-Sun., 6-9pm through Dec. 25. A local holiday tradition. Get ready to be wowed by the nearly one-mile drive through hundreds of thousands of lights and beautiful displays. A $5 per-vehicle donation is requested. Sponsored by the Chatham Friends of the Parks. Enter on Park Ave. Chatham Community Park, Chatham.

Zoo Lights Beginning Nov. 25, every Fri.-Sun through Dec. 11 and also Dec.16-23 and Dec. 26-30, 5-9pm. Take a stroll through the zoo to see thousands of lights and displays. Enjoy hot cocoa or roast a marshmallow over the fire pit. See zoo animals that are active this time of year, such as red wolves, arctic fox, eagles, cougars, birds of prey and many others. Adults $7.50, kids 3-12 $5.50, kids 2 and under free. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Christmas at Sugar Creek Nov. 26, 10am-3pm. Over 50 vendors. Food truck onsite 10am-2:30pm. Bake sale and used book sale. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Start your holiday shopping here. Free admission. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, Chatham, 1022 New City Road, 217-725-4359.

Holiday Fun With Abe and Mary Lincoln Nov. 26 through Dec. 21, Saturdays 10am-7pm and Wednesdays, 4-7pm. Listen to Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln's stories, play games or score a picture with them. Part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks. Free. Springfield Visitors Center, 1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-789-2360.

Illinois Local Holiday Market Nov. 26, 9am-3pm. Find all of your local favorites for your holiday shopping. $1 admission. Kids are free. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-391-4302.

Memorial Holiday Fest Kick Off & Tree Lighting Nov. 26. Kick off the season with the tree lighting at Fifth and Adams streets at 4pm. At this year's holiday fest you'll see the downtown area adorned with decorations for the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza holidays, enjoy entertainment on the Old State Capitol plaza, and wonder at the new 10-foot-tall outdoor whimsical light display at the Old State Capitol. Also check out "Winter Holidays around the World" with children's activities at the Illinois State Museum and the sock skating rink at Kidzeum. 217-788-4700.

Polar Express Pajama Party Nov. 26 at 1pm and 6pm, Nov. 27 at 3pm. The Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole. Be greeted by conductors before joining the cocoa party, where you can enjoy crafting and more cocoa before embarking on a special screening of the film. Visit with a special guest after the show. Saturday matinee is sensory-friendly. $15 or $20 day of performance. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Jubilee Farm Holiday Craft Nov. 28 through Dec. 10, Mon.-Fri. 10am-12pm and Sat. 10am-3pm. Enjoy an array of unique and beautiful handcrafted pottery and Christmas décor, plus beaded, woven, knitted, crocheted and quilted gifts, all at reasonable prices. Baked goods sold on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Free admission. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-787-6927.

Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11, Friday-Sunday. Based on the classic holiday film, this joyous and heartwarming musical is pure joy meant for the whole family. Directed by Andrew Rains. $20. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Christmas with Santa Dec. 3, 9am-3pm. Visit with Santa, tour the historic buildings and enjoy hot chocolate and coffee. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.

Zooper Edventure Class Dec. 3, 11am-12:30pm. Kids ages 6-9 can take a walk on the wild side and have a Zooper Edventure. This drop-off class is filled with fun. Registration and payment is due at least 24 hours before the class begins. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Holiday Open House Dec. 3, 1-4pm. Enjoy cookies and cider, and visit with a Civil War-era Santa Claus. Take a self-guided tour through the home and see it decked out in 19th century-holiday style. Free. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Junior and Senior Naturalists Dec. 3. Explore the ever-changing landscape of the garden with hands-on activities, games and outdoor investigation. Ages 5-8 meet from 10am-12pm and ages 8-12 meet 1-3pm. $12-$15. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.

Springfield Jaycees' Holiday Lights Parade Dec. 3, 5:30pm. A dazzling and festive parade with all the wonderful spectacle to usher in the holiday season. Starts at Jefferson to Fifth to Monroe to Sixth to Washington streets. Free. Downtown Springfield.

Clayville Candlelight Christmas Dec. 9, 5-9pm and Dec. 10, 3:30-10pm. Experience pioneer life and the warm welcome the Broadwell Inn and Tavern extended to travelers and guests of long ago. Enjoy entertainment and demonstrations. Coffee, hot chocolate, soda and bar service available. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.

Candlelight Tour Dec. 10, 4:30-6pm. Tour the Lincoln home after hours and learn about their family while enjoying the 19th century holiday decorations in the warm light of candles. Free. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., 217-391-3221.

Christmas Candlelight Tour Dec. 10, 4:30-7pm. Experience the historic house in all its candle-lit splendor for one night only. Donation suggested. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 217-492-5929.

The Nutcracker Dec. 10, 2pm and 7pm, Dec. 11, 2pm. Springfield Ballet Company brings Tchaikovsky's mesmerizing music to life. Bring the whole family to enjoy the timeless story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince, and experience the magic. $22- $42. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Tree of Lights Ceremony Dec. 10, 5:30pm. Buy a light to remember a special pet or loved one. Visit the website to order your light. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, 217-544-7387.

Caroling at the Carillon Dec. 11, 4-5pm. Celebrate the season around a roaring bonfire singing holiday carols with the bells of the carillon ringing the melodies. Free admission and refreshments. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.

Holiday Extravaganza Dec. 11, 9am-4pm. Over 100 craft vendors with items ranging from fine art to homemade products to homebased businesses. Check out the old-fashioned cake walk and concessions, visit Santa and enjoy entertainment by local children's performance groups all day. Proceeds benefit local schools' music, art and band programs. $4 and $2 for seniors from 9-11am. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

First Night Springfield Dec. 31. On this night, Springfield's art, music and theater worlds meet in a spectacle of dazzling sights and sounds to celebrate the New Year. Bring the family to enjoy talented local and regional artists and performers, plus fireworks. Hosted downtown by the Springfield Area Arts Council. 217-753-3519.

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