January 1970 – January 2014

Andover Christmas Walk
Jan 1 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

Andover Lake Park. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. Refreshments and kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5-7 p.m. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6-8 p.m. 309-476-8228.

Christmastown Festival @ Downtown Tuscola
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day

Come and enjoy this annual downtown Tuscola event featuring craft vendors, a house walk, breakfast with Santa, parade, the “Santa Chase” 5k run/walk, children’s games, Madrigal Dinner at the community center and more. or 217-253-5013.

Christmas Walk @ Downtown Fulton
Dec 6 @ 5:00 am – 7:30 am

Downtown Fulton. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with carolers, Santa Claus, the Grinch, train rides, 2 mile run/walk, children’s crafts, live nativity, free refreshments and holiday shopping. or 815-589-4545.

Snowflake Festival @ Glazebrook Park
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Glazebrook Park, Godfrey. Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park lit up with twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone is invited to attend this free old-fashioned festival complete with carolers, hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa. Bundle up since it may be chilly! All ages are welcome. In honor of the giving season, please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Crisis Food Center. 618-466-1483.

Christmas in the Village @ Downtown Cobden
Dec 7 all-day

Downtown Cobden. Spend the day enjoying fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players or take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display. 618-833-9928 or

Belvidere Holiday Walk @ Boone County Conservation District
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Effingham Garden Club Christmas Walk
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Effingham Garden Club is sponsoring its annual Christmas Walk with the opportunity to visit five sites all decked out for the holidays. This year the walk includes the homes of Jim and Brenda Rogers, Andrew and Inge Soviak, Steve Rubin, America’s Select Homes and the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association.Pre-sale tickets are $8 and are available at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Burkland’s Florist and Gifts, Party Worx, Burkland’s Jefferson St. Flowers and Gifts and at Millennium Accessories. Tickets at the door are $10.

Let’s Go Fishing Show @ Gateway Center
Jan 3 @ 11:00 am – Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm

This show is dedicated solely to anglers. Visitors not only find a “fishing tackle super-store” but attend seminars and see a wide variety of fishing tackle, rods and reels and aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats. Scott Martin, Pro Bass Fisherman and star of the “Scott Martin Challenge” on NBC Sports will be there.

Guided Winter Hikes @ Starved Rock Lodge
Jan 4 @ 11:00 am – Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from December through March, hikes depart at 11 a.m. and return about 2 p.m. Join a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls and eagles in flight. The hike will go from the lodge to LaSalle Canyon. After leaving there, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic eagles. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper shoes or boots. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. To reserve tickets call 815-220-7386.

Alton Audubon Eagle Festival @ Audubon Center at Riverlands
Jan 5 all-day

Join us for the kick-off of the eagle watching season. Activities include live eagle meet and greet, preview of events at the Eagle Watching Hot Spots, kid’s activities, crafts and eagle watching – how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter. Then head across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets.