The Holiday season is upon us and The Knell Group thought it would be NICE (not naughty) to share a list of several area events. Central Illinois offers a wide variety of events throughout the season for young and old. Mark your calender's now!


FOLEPI'S WINTER WONDERLAND, EAST PEORIA

November 26 – December 31 Opens at 5:00 P.M. daily

If you can't catch the parade, you can visit Folepi's Winter Wonderland to enjoy the spectacular holiday display in an electric park featuring both floats and lighted displays while tuning into festive holiday music while you drive. The park is opens at 5pm daily, Thanksgiving – New Year's Eve. The best days to go are Sunday – Thursday for short wait times.



FOLEPI's ENCHANTED FOREST, LEVEE DISTRICT EAST PEORIA


November 28 – December 31 Nightly


East Peoria's Levee District will host holiday displays to include a 35' tall Christmas tree, parade floats and animated displays. The official lighting will take place on November 28th at 5:45 P.M.



SANTA'S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO, EAST PEORIA

November & December

100 Bass Pro Dr, East Peoria


Enjoy FREE PHOTO WITH SANTA, free crafts, games, activities and more. Visit with Santa and Mrs Claus and be sure to take a spin with toy trains and cars while you enjoy Santa's Wonderland.



LUTHY BOTANICAL GARDENS CANDLELIGHT WALKS, PEORIA


November 20 – December 18 (Friday & Saturday's Only)



Enjoy an ongoing tradition or start a new one! Come to a Moonlit Candlelight Walk.



HOLIDAY CLASSICS ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE PEORIA RIVERFRONT MUSEUM


November 27th – December 12th


Peoria Riverfront Museum will be showing Holiday Movie Classics during the months of November & December. Take advantage of watching one of you favorites on the big screen! Movies on the schedule include Polar Express, Home Alone, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Check website for showtimes.


PNC WINTERFEST OUTDOOR SKATING


November 27 – January 1


Peoria Newest Holiday Tradition! Enjoy outdoor ice skating at the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave in Downtown Peoria. Opening day kicks off after the Santa Clause parade. Be the first to take the ice and enjoy live entertainment, hot coco and more.



PEKIN WINTER WONDERLAND


November 30 – December 21



Pekin's 27th annual Winter Wonderland will feature a parade, holiday performances, fireworks and carriage rides.



A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER, CONKLIN'S DINNER THEATER


December 11, 12, 13 at 7:00 P.M. at Five Points in Washington


Central Illinois Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre will be performing A Christmas to Remember. This year's shows will take place at Five Points in Washington. Enjoy musical merrymakers with a show filled with sparkling holiday music and laugh out loud comedy routines.


THE NUTCRACKER AT THE PEORIA CIVIC CENTER


December 12th and 13th, at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. (13th only)


The Peoria Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker is a Peoria tradition. This year they will celebrate their 50th Season. The timeless ballet is a family favorite and a lasting tradition to share with family. Show times and ticket information is available through the Peoria Civic Center.



SANTA'S WILDLIFE EXPRESS AT WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PARK

December 11th from 4PM- 8PM

December 12th from 3PM- 8PM

December 13th from 3PM to 7PM

Quickly becoming a local favorite, Wildlife Prairie Park has added a third day to this year's event. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required. The family fun event includes a train ride through Christmas Classics, Crafts & Games, Cookie Decorating, Animal Gift Opening, and of course…Santa Claus!



SANTA CLAUS 5K RUN, PEORIA

December 12th at 10:00 A.M.

Gateway Building, Downtown


Join hundreds of other runners dressed in Santa suits in a stampede through downtown Peoria to raise money for "Dazzle Downtown."



RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

December 20th at 2:00 P.M.

Peoria Civic Center Theater


The longest running and highest rated television comes to life, live on stage. The musical featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly case of iconic characters. Prices: $25, $35, $45 and $65.



POLAR ICE PLUNGE

January 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

East Peoria Boat Club


Jump on into the 14th Annual Polar Ice Plunge at East Peoria's Boat Club. The annual event has raised more than $140,000 for local charities.



* List is not inclusive of all Central, IL events.