Opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 27, Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Half a mile drive through the park are more than 400 individual brightly lit displays with more than 30 displays animated. The lights thrill thousands of visitors each year. Donations only and go through as many times as you like. 217-259-2361 or Bly2599@yahoo.com.
Weds.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Free, donations requested. The mansion is lavishly decorated for Christmas. Visitors will view authentic Victorian-era decorations, including the same kinds of ornaments that were featured on the Downton Abbey Christmas tree during several episodes. 309-828-1084 or www.daviddavismansion.org.
Breakfast with Santa, make-and-take ornaments for kids, carriage rides, candy cane hunt and a taste and buy at the chocolate fair. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Tens of thousands of lights make Veteran’s Park a must to drive and see. Enjoy the Galva Arts Council entertainment in the evening. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 309-932-2555
Events will take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Highlights include a visit with Santa, free movie, live reindeer and petting zoo, a Christmas Village with many quality vendors, family-friendly activities in many of the storefronts, scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides and a Christmas parade. Stay updated on events and times at facebook.com/christmasinparis.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce brings the spirit of Christmas to historic Carthage Square. The event features carriage rides, hayrack rides, delectable treats and specials from local businesses. Local vendors will also be selling goods at locations on or near the square. The evening includes a visit from Santa, games and a scavenger hunt. Check the website for a full schedule of events.
From visits with Santa, cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate, chilli, hot dogs, barbeques, ornament making, candy land trail, festival of trees, letters to Santa, live entertainment to carriage rides and more, the downtown streets buzz with excitement. Carolers, kettle corn, Christmas trees and wreaths and so many ways to bring people together to celebrate the season.618-985-2252 or www.visitcarterville.com
Sponsored by SNIP Alliance, proceeds help low income people get low cost spay/neuters for their pets. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. There will be $1,000 in cash prizes and more. Admission is $20/person. Tickets can be purchased at door or by reservation by calling 217-361-7824 and ask for Tori.
The day will begin with vendors at the Visitor Center at 222 Main St. for holiday shopping. Between 1-3 Santa will be there as well as carriage rides. The Holiday tour of Homes will be from 2-5 with 6 homes to see,call 309-547-4300 for ticket information. Tree decorating will happen at Porter Park and is open to any group or organization. Bio-degradable decorations are requested, judging will be at 4PM. At 5 PM the Lighted Christmas Parade will begin down Main. “Once Upon a Holiday” is the theme, and participation is encouraged.