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December 2011

2-4, Bird Parks Lights Spectacular in Kankakee. 815-939-1311 or

2, Bradley Lighted Christmas Parade in Bradley. 815-932-2125.

2, Celebrate The Season in Downtown Genoa. 815-784-2212 or

2-4, Chocolate Weekend in Sycamore. 815-895-3456 or

2-3, Hometown Christmas in Belvidere. 815-547-4357 or

2-11, She Loves Me in Chicago Heights. 708-755-3444 or

2, The Manhattan Transfer Christmas in Bloomington. 309-434-2787 or

2-4, The Nutcracker, Twin Cities School of Dance 30th anniversary of performing The Nutcracker, Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University. Bloomington-Normal, Melissa Trauner, 309-663-9333.

2-4, Village of Tinley Park Holiday Market in Tinley Park. 708-444-5678 or

3, The 20th Annual Lights Fantastic Activities & Parade in Carbondale. 618-529-8040 or

3, Christmas at the Apple River Fort in Elizabeth. 815-858-2028 or

3, Christmas at the Mill in Golden. 217-696-4254.

3, Christmas in the Village in Cobden. 618-833-9928 or

3, Christmas Parade in Metropolis. 618-524-2714 or

3, Galena Territory Holiday Housewalk, Galena. 815-777-2000 or

3-4, Christmas Trees at Dr. Charles M. Wright House, Altamont. 618-483-6397 or

3-4, Kankakee Kennel Club AKC Dog Show at the County Fairgrounds in Kankakee. 815-683-2393.

3-4, Lunch With Santa On A Train in Monticello. 217-762-7921 or

3, Mistletoe Ball – A Victorian Holiday Dinner and Dance in Galena. 815-777-9129 or

3, Once Upon a Holiday in Downtown Bloomington. 309-829-9599 or

4, Annual Radio Control Swap Meet at the Cedarville Community Center in Cedarville. 815-233-5208 or

4, Christmas Home Tours in Golconda. 618-683-9702 or

5, The 22nd Annual Windmont Park Lighting/Drive of Lights in Kewanee. 309-852-2175 or (open through 1/1/12)

6-24, Donny and Marie – Christmas in Chicago. 312-977-1700 or

7, Christmas With The Lincolns in Springfield. 217-391-3246 or (playing through 1/8/12)

8, Cherish The Ladies – A Celtic Christmas in Grayslake. 847-543-2300 or

10-11, LEGO Train Show in Wheaton. 630-668-5161 or

10-11, Olde Tyme Christmas and Living History in Metropolis. 618-524-9321 or

10, Salt Creek Ballet – The Nutcracker in University Park. 708-235-2222 or

10, Shootout At The Hall in Champaign. 217-333-5000.

10-11, The Magic Of The Nutcracker in Waukegan. 847-782-2366 or

11, Christmas Candlelight Tours in Quincy. 217-222-3432 or

11, Farm Toy Show in Effingham. 217-342-6565.

14, Winter Wetland Botany in Ingleside. 815-344-1294 or

15, Gaither Christmas Homecoming in Bloomington. 309-434-2843 or

17, Christmas At The Mansions in Bloomington. 309-828-1084 or

17, Night Of The Luminaria in Galena. 815-777-9050 or

17-18, The Nutcracker in Grayslake. 847-543-2300 or

20, La Cage Aux Folles in Chicago. 312-977-1702 or (playing through 1/1/12)

27-30, State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington. 309-665-0033 or

31, DuPage Children’s Museum Bubble Bash 2011 in Naperville. 630-637-8000 or

31, Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal. 309-433-3444 or


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Deadline: November 15 for February events

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